On 20th October 2012 Durham School 1st XV played Ampleforth College in one of the biggest rugby fixtures the school plays. I was there to record the game in this new limited edition print, in respect of Noel Shearing who the game is played in memory of. There are only 34 prints available as this … Read more
Although we did see some rain when we were in Venice in September 2012, it was nothing compared to the extraordinary flooding St Mark’s Square has seen in recent months. I was able to get the perfect reference for this new limited edition print titled “The Girl in the Red Coat, Venice”. It features my eldest … Read more
I had been asked to do some paintings of Omani doors as well as dhows so I spent a few hours wandering around getting reference and making sketchbook studies of these Arabian vessels. I’ve published a number of my paintings of Dhows as limited edition prints since then which have proved to be popular. Some of the sketchbook studies have also been published in my signed limited edition Sketchbook of Oman.
I’ve been working on several paintings to be reproduced as Christmas cards for the Cyrenians, a charity based in Newcastle who work with vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless people.
If one was to remove the figures from this watercolour of York Minster, the scene would not only loose it’s sense of scale, it would also look lifeless. Cityscapes are meant to look alive with a life blood of their own, indeed people are the heart of a city. There are occasions when it is … Read more
Figures can play an important part of a street scene, helping to bring life and movement to the painting. The original watercolour of The Shambles, York from which this limited edition print of the Shambles in York was taken was actually one of the finalists in the Sunday Times Watercolour competition back 1994 and sold … Read more
The Journal online has featured a nice article written by David Whetstone about my exhibition at the Lit & Phil which has its private viewing this evening. The exhibition continues until 21st July.
I don’t need much of an excuse to paint Dunstanburgh Castle. Northumberland’s Castles are well photographed and painted by amateurs and professionals alike. I’ve often been commissioned to do paintings of castles and I have to say, it’s always a delight. One such project came in 2003 when I was commissioned to do around a … Read more
I first started doing Paintings of Umbria back in 2002. Tomorrow (27th June) marks the 11th Anniversary of the kidney transplant Susan and I had in 2001 when I gave my wife one of my kidneys. The image of the Hotel Relais il Canalicchio in Umbria brings back memories of the transplant because it was … Read more
Theo Paphitis, one of the “dragons” in the BBC television series Dragons Den, has developed an innovative way of giving publicity to small business in the UK. Businesses are required to tweet a description of what they do to @TheoPaphitis on Twitter between 5pm-7:30pm on a Sunday with the all important hash-tag #SBS (Small Business Sunday). Theo … Read more