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

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Grey Street was described by the architectural critic and writer Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as being the finest curved street in Europe. With its gentle curve of fine Georgian buildings sweeping down to the Quayside, it’s difficult for one to argue against that claim. BBC radio 4 listeners added to its praise describing Grey Street as … Read more

High Level Bridge, Fog on the Tyne

I have a bus going past me, a train going over me and a boat passing under me. Where am I in Newcastle? The answer is found in the painting above. The High Level Bridge was designed by Robert Stephenson (who designed the steam locomotive the Rocket with his father George and Henry Booth) and was … Read more

High Bridge, Newcastle

High Bridge, Newcastle has to be one of my favourite paintings of my home town. Over years it’s proved to be one of my best selling prints of Newcastle and yet it’s depicting a time of day and year that is not seen very often. Strong, late afternoon winter sunlight is about to disappear behind … Read more

Tyne Bridge, Early Morning

This scene of the Tyne Bridge, Early Morning, is one of my best selling prints of Newcastle. It’s a view that cannot be repeated today as it was taken from Gateshead’s multi-storey car park which was demolished in 2010. The car park starred in one of Britain’s greatest cult gangster films Get Carter starring Michael … Read more

Bamburgh Castle, Winter’s Walk

A number of years ago I was commissioned by a major North East company to paint over a dozen large watercolours of Northumbrian Castles for their board rooms. One of the first ones I tackled was Bamburgh Castle which boasts commanding views over the surrounding landscape. The castle itself is steeped in history and was … Read more

Durham School v Rugby School

My latest limited edition print is this scene of Durham School v Rugby School playing in the final of a mini rugby tournament. The inaugural Veterrimi IV Rugby Tournament, hosted by Durham School, took place on Saturday 23 October and despite the unrelenting rain, rugby fans turned out in their hundreds to be part of this … Read more

Emerson Chambers, Newcastle upon Tyne

Emerson Chambers in Newcastle is one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the North East. It was designed by Benjamin Simpson in 1903 and boasts commanding views of Grey’s Monument and Grey Street. Last year I decided to reproduce my original watercolour as a limited edition giclee print which can be viewed and … Read more