The Duomo, Florence

The Duomo in Florence is very impressive. I remember the first time I set eyes on it on a crisp, sunny October morning in 1998, seeing it at the end of Via Panzani before joining Via de Cerretani. All of the on the spot watercolours I have painted have been from an elevated position including … Read more

Melville Street, Edinburgh

This limited edition print of Melville street, Edinburgh is dominated by the distinctive outline of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Its central spire of 270 feet punctuates the skyline of this street scene of Edinburgh’s New Town. The figures, each one preoccupied with their own tasks, are an integral part of this watercolour. One can see … Read more

Heriot’s School from Victoria Street, Edinburgh

One of the things I really enjoy painting when in Edinburgh are the old telephone boxes, including the old Police ones. This print of Heriot’s School taken from above Victoria Street features two types. The old police box predates the era of mobile communications, so most have been withdrawn from service, however they live on … Read more

The Tolbooth, Edinburgh

Several of my paintings of Edinburgh feature different parts of the Royal Mile. The Canongate Tobooth in Edinburgh can be found towards the end of the Royal Mile. It was built in 1591 and it was here that the tolls or public dues were collected. It also served as a council house, court room and … Read more

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh is a lovely area to relax in, particularly in the summer months. For this particular painting, I wanted to capture it from a more unusual angle so I decided to climb Scott’s Monument, a Victorian Gothic monument to the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It’s 200 feet and 6 inches … Read more

Toon Army

For many, football is a religion. The North East is full of worshippers who attend St James Park, who are known as the Toon Army or the Black and White  Army. I first started to actively support Newcastle United by going to the games back in 1981 when I was an art student. My first … Read more

Castle from the Grassmarket, Edinburgh

My first limited edition print of Edinburgh was a scene of the Grassmarket published in 1993 which sold out in less than a year. Since then I’ve had a further 18 of my watercolours of Edinburgh published as limited edition prints which have been hugely popular. Edinburgh Castle boasts a commanding position over Auld Reekie. … Read more

St Giles, Edinburgh

St Giles Cathedral stands proudly along Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile in-between the Castle and John Knox House. It has a distinctive crowned spire which reminds me of Newcastle’s St Nicholas Cathedral. Today it attracts a congregation of several hundred worshippers led by around 50 elders who manage the building and the church. When I say … Read more

Siena, Italy

My first visit to Siena was in February 1999. It was a wonderfully bright and crisp, sunny ( but cold ) morning. When we arrived, the shell shaped Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio horse racing is held twice a year, was very quiet. It was just a little too cool to do any … Read more