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Sycamore Gap, The Tree

I recall painting a watercolour of this tree in snow as a Christmas Card for the Marie Curie Cancer fund over 10 years ago. This stretch of Hadrian’s Wall is bleak but spectacular in its barreness and stark beauty.

Sycamore Gap is also known as Robin Hood’s Tree for its appearance in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner.

I’ve since painted the famous tree of the year again in winter sunlight. My viewpoint is taken from the Military Road which shows the tree of the year nestling in the famous gap in the wall. Sunlight is catching the clouds behind and creating an overall feeling of warmth to the painting.

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The Response

“The Response” is a very moving World War One Grade II memorial commissioned by Sir George Renwick, a local ship owner who gave the memorial to the city to commemorate the raising of the World War I Commercial Battalions of the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and also to celebrate the safe return of his five sons from the Great War.

The more personal aspect of my painting of “The Response” is the group of figures on the right. I’ve painted myself, my daughter Louise and her children Ewan and Anya.

The last soldier behind Louise is my Great Grandfather Thomas Reed who served in the conflict. He was shot in the chest but miraculously survived the Great War.

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Theatre Royal in the Rain

A simple but moody painting of Grey Street in Newcastle.

The figures are the main point of interest with the Theatre Royal adding architectural weight to the composition.

I've used a very limited palette of Raw Sienna and Lamp Black with just a touch of Cadmium Red for the post box to lift the painting from being drab.

The dark ominous sky is reflected in the glistening pavement, enhanced by the figures reflections.

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Theatre Royal, Newcastle in the Snow

One of 3 original watercolours commissioned by the Cyrenians which were published as charity christmas cards.

Working accross the North East and York the Cyrenians is one of the country's leading and most progressive homlessness charities.

This carefully thought out original watercolour has been painted using over fifty shades of grey to convey the stark bleakness of winter in the North East.

However, the dash of red for my granddaughter's coat as she braves the elements, holding her grandmother's hand, offers both a focal point to the painting and a sense of good things to come.

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Tyne Bridge and Quayside

In 2017 I received a commission to do a very large oil painting of the Angel of the North. The Angel’s wings were coated with 22 carat gold leaf. 


My client loves his painting and once he received it we discussed a second commission to go alongside the Angel, this time of the Tyne Bridge.



I've decided to do a smaller preparation painting in oils with gold leaf to make sure that everything is going to work out in terms of colour, composition and where on the painting to apply the gold leaf.


You can watch a short video on YouTube of me painting some of the details of the Tyne Bridge, quayside Painting.


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Tyne Bridges, Snow Shower

An original watercolour of Newcastle's Tyne Bridges and Quayside with it's famous bridges captured in a swirling snow shower.

The dark moody sky adds extra drama to the composition, the loosness of the washes contrasting with the more considered rendering of the iconic architecture.


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Winter Walk

An original watercolour of a Northumbrian snow scene. The couple walking into the distance provide a sense of scale to this fluid painting inspired by many a walk I've taken myself in the winter months.

It has been painted on a hand made paper with a limited palette. The big sky provides further interest and drama to the composition.

£875.00