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Featured Art

ROOTING TO MOTHER EARTH

Watercolour, pen and ink
320 x 220mm


"This was painted during the coronavirus lockdown, inspired by a friend's comment that we 'need to root down to Mother Earth'. The text says: "Good morning stripey sky; Branches still bare; The promise of sun; Clear my head of worry; Clear my body of fear; The body that is rocking with the throbbing of my heart; Make it all calm; Like a lake in summer; With butterflies sailing; Fill me with joy and hope; Forgetting the past; And forgetting the future; Just the now, now; To be savoured; Free of what might be; Nothing to prove; Just live; Give pleasure and have pleasure in living." 

SUNRISE ON THE BEACH

Watercolour, pen and ink

300 x 220mm


"This is another lockdown painting, inspired by a view of the beach at l'Ile de Noirmoutier. How we would like to sit on that beach, watching the sun rise, without a care in the world… It reminds us of former holidays abroad and lets us hope to go there again."

LUPA REBORN

Collage: charcoal, watercolour, pen and ink
350 x 250mm


"I decided to rework an earlier charcoal drawing of Lupa, my friend's Caucasian shepherd dog. The Ovcharka is a breed you don't often see in Western Europe - a huge, muscular dog, seemingly lethargic but truly terrifying when roused. When I visited she accepted me as one of her flock and all was well." 

YOUNG BOY
Charcoal
330 x 230mm


"A dramatically side-lit black and white photo was the starting point for this drawing in charcoal.  It represented a challenge to translate the image into another medium but also provided joy when a flat piece of paper took on the semblance of someone I know."

THE SEA OF LOVE
Watercolour, pen and ink
330 x 230mm


"This is the counterpart to 'The boat of mean'. The waves of the sea roll along with positive and loving phrases – such as "i am so happy you are in my life", "i love your smile" or "in your arms the world makes sense". The sky is peaceful in the afterglow of a calm sunset and the colours of the land mass are those of the heart, solar plexus and third eye/crown chakras."

THE BOAT OF MEAN
Watercolour, pen and ink
330 x 230mm


"I don't like the little niggling things people say to and about each other, the tit-for-tat of recrimination. The boat and its rigging contain some of them, such as 'i told you that yesterday' and 'she never listens'. The strong colours and hard contours show there is turmoil and tension in the air."

When the earth was sick and the skies were grey,
and the woods were rotted with rain,
the dead man rode through the autumn day
to visit his love again 

WHEN THE EARTH WAS SICK
Watercolour, pen and ink
300 x 220mm


“When I first read Rudyard Kipling’s short story ‘The Other Man’ (which was published in the first Indian edition of Plain Tales from the Hills in 1888) the lines at the beginning of the story had a profound effect on me and I felt I wanted to express this image in a painting. It’s a sad story of true love gone wrong.”

SUNBURST AT WINCHELSEA
Watercolour, pen and ink
300 x 200mm


“The pebbly stretch of coastline by Winchelsea Beach near Rye Harbour always surprises with its different light and moods. One day it’s thick fog rolling in from the sea, then it’s blinding sunshine after a heavy rain shower. When I stopped behind the dyke suddenly the sun burst out behind dark clouds and the pools of water on the road glistened like gold. I captured this moment in a photo and tried to reflect the dramatic sky and ground in the painting.”

SHED NO TEARS

Watercolour, pen and ink
280 x 190mm


"At first sight, creating an abstract painting seems easy - but for blobs, lines and shapes to end up as a balanced and aesthetically pleasing piece is not without its challenges. 'Shed no tears everything will be alright in the end' was painted as the Covid lockdown eased. We have to realize that everything changes all the time anyway, Covid or no Covid. Keeping the hope alive for a better future is the key." 

PATH IN LIND
Watercolour, pen and ink
310 x 215mm


“The Eifel region in Germany is a walker’s paradise. The landscape reflects the geological development of millions of years: valleys crossed by rivers, the cones of extinct volcanoes, dry maars which have become moorland, bizarre rock formations and layers of different hill ranges. I went walking with old friends on a beautiful day in September and this was the spot where we sat and rested for a while.”

TENTERDEN SUNSET
Watercolour, pen and ink
330 x 230mm


“I tried to recreate a spectacular sunset in Tenterden, Kent, which a friend of mine had captured in a photo. It felt like the evening sky was fizzing with colour and movement, silhouetted against a solitary tree in the foreground. I used washes of vibrant watercolour combined with pen and ink strokes to create an image of energy."

FIELDS IN PORTUGAL
Pencil and wash
210 x 140mm


"Memories of Sobral da Lagoa, near Obidos in Portugal. The view from the terrace was towards the lagoon, with a glimpse of the sea in the distance - but the immediate surrounds were lush and fertile fields baked by the sun and whipped by the strong wind."

TREES ON THE RIVER
Watercolour, pen and ink
320 x 220mm


"I love colour, those amazing colours and blends that watercolours can produce. But often, a black and white photo of a view you wish to paint is the best starting point as it gives you completely free rein to experiment boldly, ignoring the colours of the original. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Here the 'unnatural' reds work well."

STANDING STONES
Watercolour, pen and ink
320 x 235mm


"A photo taken in the North of England was the inspiration for this painting. The natural setting was rather dark and gloomy but when I started to paint the mood turned. Sketching the stones in pen and ink and leaving them white creates an interesting contrast against the backdrop of fields and hills, and the mood is further lightened by the use of vibrant greens and yellows." 

HILL AT LA CAMPANA
Watercolour, pen and ink
300 x 220mm


"The Marche region in Italy is full of natural beauty - you can see the majestic Sibillini mountains and if you turn around you can see the sea. Small fishing villages and hilltop fortresses are gems waiting to be explored. For me, La Campana is one of the most relaxing places on earth."

SKY ON FIRE
Watercolour, pen and ink
330 x 230mm


"Sunsets are a wonderful motif as often it seems the whole sky has been painted with watercolours! Here a dramatic yellow-mauve evening sky with the sun setting in a blaze of orange is contrasted with a neutral river landscape, thereby heightening the sky effect. Minimal pen and ink brushwork adds delicate touches which are only evident on closer inspection."

BLUE LANDSCAPE
Watercolour, pen and ink
330 x 230mm


“This painting just flowed out of the brush, out of the mind. I started off fairly realistically with the black mountain top but then the vivid blue somehow presented itself for the ‘mountains’ in the distance. It was sheer joy letting the colours run and do their own thing – for example the reds and oranges of the ‘sunset’, or the earthy greens and browns at the bottom. The feathery, diffuse margins where the colours have merged of their own accord provide a nice contrast to the flat areas where a strong colour has been applied more solidly."  

WALK ACROSS THE MOOR
Watercolour, pen and ink
330 x 230mm


“After riding on the North York Moors Railway from Pickering on a glorious summer's day, I wondered what the landscape would look like in more inhospitable weather. I imagined a group of people hurrying across a windswept moor with a rain-laden sky. Nature is angry – signalled by the red and orange hues of a vast tract of land." 

SPRING MORNING
Watercolour, pen and ink
330 x 230mm


“Sometimes I just have the urge to sit and paint 'from within', not from a particular motif in front of me. I felt good, at ease with the world on a lovely spring morning, and this is how I pictured the natural world waking up. Rather like Antigone says in Jean Anouilh's play: "How lovely the garden is when it's not thinking of men yet."

LUPA LYING DOWN
Charcoal
300 x 220mm


"Lupa was a huge dog - her head rested easily on the table. She was bred to guard flocks of sheep and defend them against the wolves but in a domestic environment she now guarded her human flock. I remember her howling at the moon and terrorising the postman."

WHITE WATER
Watercolour
330 x 230mm


"A muted palette of colours gives this painting a stillness that I find calming. Looking at it, you can get lost in your own thoughts."

AUTUMN
Watercolour, pen and ink
220 x 270mm


"Autumn is colourful in its own way. It's a last frenzy of colour before the rather more restrained winter palette emerges. So with this painting I am enjoying this moment, rather exuberantly."