Category Archives: Sport

Dodging Bullets

  Following a wonderful and inspiring day at Cheltenham Races and a subsequent afternoon at Wincanton Race Course, I am thrilled to have completed a horse racing painting as a commission for a gift. I have painted the amazing Dodging Bullets who has been described as a legend by trainer Paul Nichols. Just to give…

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

  In July I had the amazing opportunity to help marshall the perimeter exclusion zone for the America’s Cup in Portsmouth from a boat on the Solent.  This would allow me to see the race from close quarters and to gain images and inspiration to paint some action sailing pieces. Portsmouth is a port city…

Game On

  It has been a massive honour to have painted so many talented sports people in my time exhibiting at the Queens Club. It is exactly a year ago that I presented prizes of a commissioned painting to each of the winners in the schoolboys rackets tournament and I will be following progress to see…

Outside the lines

When painting the subject of polo with its explosive pace, I rely heavily on photographs taken on the day to help me when I return to the studio. I have learnt not to be precious about photographs.  When photographing a sporting event, I simply keep my finger on the shutter and take as many pictures as…

Golden Shot

Having recently painted lots of sport images in connection with “Rackets” and “Real Tennis”, with the major UK Tennis tournaments approaching, it seemed fitting to turn my hand to painting some Tennis pieces. Sadly hearing about the loss of Elena Baltacha, and inspired by the “Rally for Bally” I decided to paint a large acrylic…

The Cast

  With the Mayfly season approaching and what is affectionately known as “Duffers Fortnight” when the Mayflies rise, I am keen to get amongst the action artistically speaking! Watercolour seems quite the perfect medium to capture the sport of fly-fishing on paper and with a relatively small amount of intervention, the flowing washes can create…

Developing work and styles

  “Out of the Haze” Acrylic on Board 30″ x 30″ Intense spells of experimenting with creativity can be exhausting!  I had a very definite objective in mind with this acrylic painting and it involved a feeling of the polo player appearing from a “shimmering haze”.  Maybe a sin, I’m not sure, but I was…

Shooting to Hunting

    When painting a dynamic shooting scene, there is nothing better than ‘getting in amongst the action’. That is exactly where I have been during the shooting season! From holding on tightly on the back of a quad bike, to quietly standing behind the guns awaiting the birds I have truly been part of…

Energy, movement and life.

  Rackets is an indoor racket game played in an enclosed court where the walls and floor are generally made of smooth sone or concrete and are dark in colour to contrast with the white ball.   The game is fast and furious and something of a challenge to capture in watercolour! With a dark background, the…

A sporting chance

Having painted, over the last few months, a huge variety of subject matter, I wondered when I would be able to return to a favourite style of mine – action sports in watercolour.  Always loving to try and capture movement, speed, action and drama, I was thrilled to have been given some images of “Rackets” to…