Grey Street in Watercolour

Painting Newcastle For many years I have had the privilege of working in Newcastle several days a week. I try to take this opportunity to gather reference for possible future paintings. It’s always a joy to paint Grey Street in Watercolour. So it’s great to make notes of different lighting conditions throughout the year. One … Read more

Paintings of olive trees

I’ve been painting “en plein air” in Italy since 1991 when Susan took me to Venice. I fell in love with its architecture, the light, atmosphere and culture. However, it was not until our first visit to Umbria in March 2002 that I started to make sketchbook studies of olive trees. We were staying in … Read more

Colosseum Painting

One of the many thrills of being a full time artist is receiving commissions to paint subjects which you find stimulating and exciting. Over the last 12 months I’ve received a number of commissions to paint some of the architecture built by the Romans. Because of my training at art college in architecture, I really … Read more

Princes Street

I have a number of new watercolours being exhibited at the Gullane Gallery, East Lothian 12th March until 3rd April. One of the paintings going on show is this cityscape capturing Princes Street, Edinburgh on a winter’s afternoon. The scene is taken from Calton Hill which boasts commanding views over the city. Often it is … Read more

The Kiss

  I’d heard the Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Kiss is currently on display in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities. I’ve been painting its stunning architecture and famous streets for over 20 years, producing over a dozen limited edition prints of Auld Reekie. Last week I was dropping off some paintings at a gallery nearby … Read more

Painting of the Grand Canal, Venice

Last night Susan and I watched the  BBC 2 programme Shakespeare in Italy narrated by Francesco da Mosto. Part of the programme was set in Venice, a city which was Susan’s home for 5 years and a place which has been a content source of inspiration for my paintings of Italy collection. One of my … Read more

Northumberland Castle Print

Northumbrian Castles In 2003 I was commissioned to paint over a dozen Northumbrian Castles in watercolour for a leading North East company to grace the walls of their boardrooms and Alnwick Castle was one of them. The Northumbrian town of Alnwick boasts a magnificent castle as well as stunning gardens. I’ve had the privilege of … Read more

Tyne Bridges, Summer Sunset

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North Shields Fish Quay

Self Employed One of the first commissions I received when I went self employed back in 1984 was to do two original watercolours. They were both of the Tyne near the North Shields Fish Quay area for a leading North East businessman. Over the years I’ve kept going back to the reference material I gathered back … Read more

London Eye

Paintings of London London is full of incredible architecture taking in so many different periods in history. The London Eye has it’s rightful place as an iconic symbol of the Thames. Other famous landmarks include the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. It opened in March 2000, bringing closure to the 20th Century and to … Read more