Rockcliffe in Dumfries

Rockcliffe, Dumfries

  Original watercolour of Rockcliffe in Dumfries I was recently commissioned to paint an original watercolour of Rockcliffe in Dumfries. The client wanted it for her husbands 50th birthday. It’s a place that holds particularly fond memories for them as a family. Fortunately I had been to exactly the same spot last year with my wife, … Read more

Paintings of Newcastle, Central Arcade

Newcastle upon Tyne is full of architectural treasures, one of which is the Central Arcade, a stunning Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906 within the Central Exchange, a triangular building built by Richard Grainger in 1836-1838 to the designs of John Wardle and George Walker. I’ve painted the outside of the building on many occasions … Read more

Chelsea, Centenary Champions

After watching on television Papiss Cisse’s two wonder goals last night against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, I was reminded of my one and only visit to Chelsea’s ground. In 2006 two of my clients who are Chelsea fans, commissioned me to do a watercolour painting of Stamford Bridge where they are season ticket holders. They … Read more

Northumberland Castle Print

Northumbrian Castles Print

Northumbrian Castles Alnwick Castle is a Northumbrian Castles Print. It came from 2003 when I was commissioned to paint over a dozen Northumbrian Castles in watercolour. It was 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 … Read more

Jebel Akhdar

Al Hajar Mountain range Jebel Akhdar, (Green Mountain) is part of the Al Hajar Mountain range in Oman. It is the highest point in the whole of Oman and eastern Arabia. The area is over 2 hours drive from Muscat and one must drive through a passport control point in a 4 x 4 if … Read more

Gassed by John Singer Sargent

Melvyn Bragg Last night I watched the opening episode of Melvyn Bragg’s documentary on Class and Culture. It examined the years from the coronation of George V to the end of the second world war. It examined how the various classes differed and interacted with each other, in particular at the front lines during the … Read more

Durham School v Rugby School

Durham School

Rugby Tournament Last year I was commissioned by the director of sport of Durham School, Ben Mason. He asked me to do a watercolour of a mini rugby tournament. The inaugural Veterrimi IV Rugby Tournament, hosted by Durham School, took place on Saturday 23 October. Despite the unrelenting rain, rugby fans turned out in their hundreds … Read more

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