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Back to basics

A bit of repetition on a theme here (sorry), but I really need to get back to basics. In fact, calling it ‘basic’ is a misnomer. Getting back to the ‘hard’ is more like it. Observation. Painting what I see (what I actually see). It’s […]

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Oil Sketches

Anybody that knows me will know that now and again I struggle with confidence. This is particularly apparent when I’m painting, or more to the point, not painting. It’s about connection. Sometimes I ‘get’ the connection and everything buzzes along for a while. Other times, […]

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Someone I used to know

Feelings of sadness, loss and grief. Sitting on a hill. Unsettled. Held up only by this chalky grass-covered slope’s strength. Lifted into the sky. Crows and a Raven. The constant wind. Where is my friend? Where have you gone? I want the earth to bury […]

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Autumn 2020

Lockdown 2.0 has enabled me to get out and draw/paint (more than Lockdown 1.0 where work, homeschooling and parenting left no time for artwork). I’ve been feeling a lot of stress recently, and I think some of that is coming out in my reactions to […]

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Riverbank Sketching

Yesterday I spent the morning with fellow artist James Aldridge walking along the river Avon at Coombe, near Enford for his Queer River project (see queerriver.com for more). James wanted to understand more about my painting practice; my interests in history, place and outer-body intuitive […]

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Summer 2018: New Beginings

I’m embarking on a new set of landscapes that focus on the hidden, and the multi-layered nature of our physical environment. Recently, I watched a BBC program about Australian Aboriginal artists and their ancient (c.70,000-year-old) culture. It made me quite envious of their artistic connection […]

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Open Studio, July 2018

The Pewsey Vale is a very special place and it has played an important part in almost all of my life. My family has a deep connection to this place: every lane, copse, field and hill elicits a memory, a story, or an emotion. Maybe its […]

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After the Snow

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the snow we’ve had this March. All the quiet lanes around our village were waist-deep in drifts and the hedges blanketed in snow-tsunami. I have to admit that I couldn’t bring myself to go out and paint during the really cold and […]

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Wales, February 2018

I’ve spent a few days in north Wales soaking up the mountains, forests and valleys near the Snowdonia National Park. I have to admit that I adore Wales for all its rugged beauty, and for the communities that thrive among the hills. Its a hard […]

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He’s back

‘Why aren’t you drawing right now?’, ‘What sort of artist ARE you?’, ‘You don’t have anything to say’, ‘You’re too old to make it now’, ‘Who would be interested in THAT?’, ‘You can’t even draw a tree properly’. Ah, the inner critic has arrived again. […]

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