St. James’s Place Wealth Management are hosting an informal art & wine evening at one of the oldest teaching facilities in Britain today, Durham School, DH1 4SZ on the evening of Thursday 6th June starting at 6:45 – 9:00 pm. I will taking guests on a journey through some of the NorthEast’s most iconic points of … 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.
For more than a decade, I have been building up a collection of limited edition prints taken from some of my paintings of Italy. Before embalming on the finished watercolour, I like to spend time in the chosen location (who wouldn’t?) making at least one small watercolour on the spot to trigger off memories of … Read more
The popularity of my limited edition prints is partially down to the fact that I usually include figures in the paintings which bring the painting to life. Over the years I spent considerable time observing people going about their daily business in cities like Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Venice, Florence and New York. I’ve developed … Read more
Probably the best view of Florence is from Piazza Michelangelo. I’ve now painted several watercolour studies from the piazza which boasts stunning views of the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the River Arno. Last Sunday afternoon was hot and sunny in Florence which meant that the watercolour paint dried very quickly, in marked contrast to the … Read more
London is full of incredible architecture from so many different periods in history. The London Eye has taken it’s rightful place as an iconic symbol of the Thames amongst other famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. It was opened in March 2000 to bring closure to the 20th Century and … Read more
My first limited edition print of Edinburgh was a scene of the Grassmarket published in 1993 which sold out in less than a year. Since then I’ve had a further 18 of my watercolours of Edinburgh published as limited edition prints which have been hugely popular. Edinburgh Castle boasts a commanding position over Auld Reekie. … Read more
St Giles Cathedral stands proudly along Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile in-between the Castle and John Knox House. It has a distinctive crowned spire which reminds me of Newcastle’s St Nicholas Cathedral. Today it attracts a congregation of several hundred worshippers led by around 50 elders who manage the building and the church. When I say … Read more