New Bridge, Ayr

I’ve always been attracted to painting bridges, indeed, my first exhibition back in 1981 contained several watercolours of the bridge in Ponteland. Although the New Bridge in Ayr does not have the drama of the Forth Rail Bridge, I do like this particular painting because of the colours and sunlight on the buildings. For centuries, … Read more

Bamburgh Castle, Winter’s Walk

A number of years ago I was commissioned by a major North East company to paint over a dozen large watercolours of Northumbrian Castles for their board rooms. One of the first ones I tackled was Bamburgh Castle which boasts commanding views over the surrounding landscape. The castle itself is steeped in history and was … Read more

OWN IT

In June 2008 I organised a charity exhibition at the Castlegate, (the venue of City Church, Newcastle) Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne to help raise money for three local charities, OWN IT, Open Door and Aquila Way. The exhibition, titled “Faith, Hope and Charity” was a great success and earlier this year, Richard Davies from … Read more

Frank Henry Mason

One of my clients is a great fan and collector of paintings by Frank Henry Mason (1876-1965). Over the last few years he’s asked me to put new mounts on the pieces he’s purchased and I have to say they totally transform the look of Mr Mason’s paintings. His breathtaking watercolours of maritime scenes, gouache … Read more

Oil Painting of Norfolk

What’s on the Drawing Board? I have been asked recently to do an oil painting for a particular client. As I usually work in watercolor paints, I thought it would be prudent to get back into the swing of painting in oils (as it is a completely different painting technique) by doing a quick practise … Read more