Christmas Exhibition

Theatre Royal in Winter

Christmas Exhibition to Celebrate 35 Years This October marks my 35th Anniversary of being a professional artist. To celebrate this landmark, we will be having our Christmas Exhibition Preview Weekend at our Studio and Gallery in Ponteland on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of November. Our Christmas Exhibition reflects the journey Susan and I have … Read more

Christmas Exhibition 2013

My Christmas Exhibition Preview weekend started 29th November. The exhibition continues until 24th December and is a collection of recent original watercolour paintings. Subjects include the Northumbrian coastline depicting famous landmarks like Dunstanburgh Castle. Paintings inspired by a trip to Amsterdam can also be seen, in particular this new limited edition print of Windmills seen … Read more

Paintings of Umbria

I first started doing Paintings of Umbria back in 2002. Tomorrow (27th June) marks the 11th Anniversary of the kidney transplant Susan and I had in 2001 when I gave my wife one of my kidneys. The image of the Hotel Relais il Canalicchio in Umbria brings back memories of the transplant because it was … Read more

Grand Canal, Venetian Dawn

  Dolomites In 2006, Susan and I spent a week in the Dolomites with an old Venetian lady who has a holiday home there. I spent the week awestruck by the majesty and spectacle of God’s creation which was so evident throughout the Dolomites. I produced many sketchbook watercolours painted on location. At the end … Read more

Paintings of Italy

Paintings of Italy

Painting Commissions Over the last few years I’ve received a number of commissions from clients who have a home in Italy. They have asked me to do a painting of their property. Each building has been quite different in terms of size and location. However, they have all had their own distinct charm and appeal. … Read more

Rosso e Nero (Rialto Fish Market) A painting in Stages

Rialto Fish Market

Venice In February 2004 my wife and I spent several days in Venice with my parents. We booked an old Venetian apartment through a website called Venetian-Rentals. It was lavishly furnished with old books and paintings. The plan for this trip was to get some fresh reference for me to do some new paintings of … Read more

Siena, Italy

Siena

Piazza del Campo My first visit to Siena was in February 1999. It was a wonderfully bright and crisp, sunny ( but cold ) morning. When we arrived, the shell shaped Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio horse racing is held twice a year, was very quiet. It was just a little too cool … Read more

The Artist’s Wife, Venice

Artist's Wife

Painting on Location Susan became the Artist’s Wife in 1993 when we got married. It was Susan who first introduced me to Italy two years previously. She had lived in Venice for five years and was always enthusing about the country, its people, the culture and of course, the food and wine. We made our … Read more

Grand Canal, Venice

Academia Bridge The view from the Academia Bridge of the Santa Maria della Salute and the Grand Canal is probably the definitive view of Venice. In 1630 Venice experienced a devastating outbreak of the plague. The Republic of Venice vowed to build a church to be dedicated to Our Lady of Health. A student of Andre … Read more