Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Mixed media on linen canvas 16" x 16"

I guess this one may keep changing. When you want to try different approaches out it's easier to have something to start off with. And anyway, the title says it all. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Megalith (re-visited)

Acrylic, sandpaper, charcoal and pastel on wood panel 24" x 24"

Monday, August 08, 2016

White Peak

Acrylic, pastel, charcoal and corrugated card on canvas panel 24" x 20"

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Arbor Low

Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and corrugated card on canvas panel  24" x 20"

Arbor Low is a Neolithic stone circle in the Derbyshire Peak district, just south of Monyash where my ancestors lived and farmed.  I like to think they sometimes walked up here and felt the wind in their faces amongst these ancient stones for which I have an ongoing fascination.

On a general note, Sidney Nolan was a much travelled Australian painter of the mid twentieth century. The reason I mention him is because something he said really resonates with me.  "I think there are two kinds of painters. In one, the forms chase the content. In my own case, it's the opposite. I must get steamed up with what I'm thinking about as content before I start trying to find forms..." 

 Personally I find the latter doesn't work so well for me.  I prefer to start with shapes and lines and the shapes and lines latch on to buried images and ideas in my own subconscious mind.  That is why I believe there is always content there somewhere in even the most abstract of works although it may not be evident on the surface.

Friday, July 29, 2016


Acrylic, collage, chalk and charcoal on canvas panel 16" x 16"

Woman with standing stone

Acrylic, collage, chalk and charcoal on hardboard 16" x 16"

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Stain I

Mixed media on canvas 36" x 36"

I have been working on five paintings of this size simultaneously for the past few weeks.  I suppose they are inspired by memories of spiritual ritual and iconography that I have seen and experienced in my life and which despite logical decisions about "belief systems" cling to the subconscious in an odd kind of way.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

I am so pleased to say that my painting "Remembering Hepworth" has been selected for this year's  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. The exhibition is on from 13th June to 21st August and promises to be an interesting and thought provoking experience.

This painting has now been SOLD.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Landform I

Mixed media on canvas 36" x 36"

This is not a re-work but it is a re-post, the reason being that firstly the digital image was far from good in the original post and secondly it was the first of this series that survived so I have renamed it Landform I (from Landform IV). The trouble with a numbered series when you work in a developmental way as I do, is that you get tied up in knots with the numbering. All the other Landform stuff has been discarded or is now in line for re-working 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Landform II (re-work)

Mixed media on canvas 36" x 28"

This is a re-work of a re-work, as is often my habit. I find usually that I have to live with something, sometimes for quite a while, before I can tussle with it again having the courage to be totally honest with myself  (feedback for learning) about what it is that is not quite satisfactory to me. This painting now is but as usual it's more compelling in the flesh than in digital.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The death of innocence

Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 20"

There is a bank of trees on the rise of a hillside not far from my house. I have tried many times to paint them but this painting arose purely out of my subconscious. I believe we store memories and images which the process of pure painting - so called abstract painting - brings into evidence without us even trying. 

Blame Kafka

Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 24"

We spoke but they did not listen

Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 24"

Tabular II

Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 24"

Tabular I

Mixed media on hardboard 28" x 24"