Da Vinci, The Lost Treasure

Whilst painting in Italy in September, I saw Fiona Bruce being filmed on Ponte Vecchio in Florence. I stopped to take a photograph of her, along with dozens of others, wondering which programme she was being filmed for. On Sunday evening I discovered that it was for a documentary written and presented by herself titled … Read more

British Open, Royal St George’s

Kenneth Reed, whose paintings have been commissioned by such golfing greats as Gary Player, Bob Charles, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf, and whose clients include the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association, is widely acclaimed as one of the finest international golf artists. Because he’s also my … Read more

John Singer Sargent

In May 2007 I spent several days painting in Venice and was fortunate enough to take in a superb exhibition of paintings of Venice by one of my favourite artists John Singer Sargent held at the Museo Correr in St Mark’s Square. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is said to be the most important of American … Read more

Frank Henry Mason

One of my clients is a great fan and collector of paintings by Frank Henry Mason (1876-1965). Over the last few years he’s asked me to put new mounts on the pieces he’s purchased and I have to say they totally transform the look of Mr Mason’s paintings. His breathtaking watercolours of maritime scenes, gouache … Read more

Kenneth Reed

The two artists which influenced me the most as a child were my grandfather Thomas Reed and my dad Kenneth Reed. My grandfather died when I was only four years old but I still vividly remember the paintings which hung my grandparents home, and indeed the painting he did before he died which has effected … Read more

Rowland Hilder

The first artist that I really began to study as a young, enthusiastic watercolourist was Rowland Hilder. My parents used to buy a calendar every year called Artists Britain which would always contain several outstanding paintings by Rowland Hilder. I found myself captivated by his work and after a few disappointing attempts at using watercolour, … Read more

Sherree Valentine-Daines

      I first came accross the outstanding figurative paintings of Sherree Valentine-Daines back in 1996 when we both exhibited our paintings in the Stewards Enclosure of the Henley Royal Regatta.  I always used to make a point of seeking out her paintings every time I used to go to Henley for Regatta week. Since … Read more