Festival of the North East

The Festival of the North East is a celebration of all that’s great about our unique corner of England throughout the month of June. It’s an eclectic mix of art, exhibitions, dance, theatre, music and much more. My contribution to the festival is an exhibition titled “It’s a Big River”. I’ve been painting various scenes of … Read more

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent paintings are still hugely popular. The American Art sale auction yesterday in New York showed the continued strength of the market as it succeeded in surpassing its presale high estimate for the third consecutive time. Norman Rockwell works proved as popular as ever with all six offered sold, totaling $6.5 million. I saw … Read more

Durham Art Exhibition

St. James’s Place Wealth Management are hosting an informal art & wine evening at one of the oldest teaching facilities in Britain today, Durham School, DH1 4SZ on the evening of Thursday 6th June starting at 6:45 – 9:00 pm. I will taking guests on a journey through some of the NorthEast’s most iconic points of … Read more

Dhows, Coming Home

When I was painting on location in Kuwait back in 2009, I did several sketchbook watercolours around the Dhow Harbour. These studies became the catalyst for a number of original watercolour paintings of dhows, some of which I’ve had reproduced as limited edition prints. This particular painting depicts a solitary dhow bathed in sunlight, slowly … Read more

Paintings of Durham

On the 6th June I will be exhibiting a number of paintings at Durham School for a wine and art evening in conjunction with St James Wealth Management. Several new paintings of Durham will be on display including this one of Saddler Street in Winter. The painting was started at a watercolour demonstration that I … Read more

John Singer Sargent – Brooklyn Museum

I’ve been reading with considerable interest the various reviews of the major exhibition of John Singer Sargent watercolours (and a few oils too) at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. To give you a flavour of the exhibition you can read an excellent review by Maika Pollack in the GalleristNY. Since I first started using … Read more

Susan in St Mark’s Church

In September 2012 Susan and I travelled to Venice to work on a number of painting projects, one of which was this oil painting of Susan in the Basilica San Marco. On the 7th April 1985 Susan experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity on her own as she cried out to God in the famous … Read more

Rijksmuseum

On a recent trip to Amsterdam I decided to visit the newly re-opened Rijksmuseum dedicated to Dutch Art and the history of the Netherlands. I’d read a very  positive review of the museum by art critic and TV presenter Waldemar Januszczak which encouraged me to brave the crowds and queues to pay homage to Rembrandt, … Read more