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Midnight Whisper

  Barn Owl Workshop   This is a quote that I shared with my students on the beginning of the barn owl workshop – a quote that I loved when I first saw it and one that I have thought of often since.  With this in mind, we went on to discuss a list of…

The Queens Club Championships

A couple of months ago, the Queens Club contacted me to ask if I would like to paint two more portraits this year, Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.  With quite a tight deadline to paint and deliver, I worked quite quickly to create two paintings that would hang along the others that I created in…

Life Drawing Class

  Last week, and on the spur of the moment, I decided to attend AceArts life drawing session at the Parish Rooms in Somerton.  It is a weekly session and you can just turn up on the day for the two hours (£10) 10-12.00pm. There were about 8 people (a lovely friendly group), and our…

Dogstival, Pylewell Park

A few months ago, the Epicurean Club contacted me to ask if I would like to exhibit some of my dog paintings on their stand at Dogstival at Pylewell Park in May.  And of course, the answer was always going to be yes! They were there to promote their superb range of “dog friendly” pubs…

The King

Kingfishers workshop: Firstly a huge thank you to the wonderful students for making the Kingfishers and Herons workshop so rewarding from a tutors perspective. To see everyone absorbed and keen to experiment with wet-in-wet watercolour was fabulous.  There was one image that I didn’t have time to demonstrate on the day and I did promise…

Right said Fred

Last week I stayed at the beautiful Dundas Arms in Kintbury and my heart was stolen by a fellow guest,  the adorable Fred. Fred is a lurcher/saluki cross and was found by his new owner as an abandoned pup.  He had lost one of his front legs but this loss doesn’t seem to have lessened…

Pheasant action

    With just over a month to go before the shooting season starts at Bettws Hall, I have my sleeves rolled up and my brushes are flying. I am busy working on a new collection of shoot art that will be displayed amongst three lodges and will encompass both acrylics on canvas and framed…

Anyone for Tennis?

  Last year I delivered 5 large 2m portraits to the Queens Club for display in the Members Enclosure for the Championships. This year, Queens Club asked for a portrait of the winner to display alongside the others in the event this June – so in May I delivered a painting of Feliciano Lopez in…

The difference a week makes

  This time last week we were 15cm deep in snow and just seven days later we have lovely warm spring sunshine and the snow has completely disappeared.  I wonder how these delicate birds cope with our extremes. So this little blue tit is the latest addition to my website under the small paintings section….

Somerset Wildlife Trust Open Gardens

  Yesterday I visited The Hall at West Coker on a wonderful sunny spring morning to see the beautiful carpet of snowdrops and spring flowers in the grounds of the house. Somerset Wildlife Trust have planned a diary this year of wonderful open garden days with seasonal flowers to see. I am hoping to paint…