Saturday, 29 November 2014

BP Portrait Award in Scotland

I have just come back from Edinburgh to attend the Private View of the BP Portrait Award 2014 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The show looks absolutely amazing there, different, and I am really pleased with ‘my wall’. They managed to hang one extra painting compared to London, so now the painting ‘The Long Wait’ has also made it onto the walls! From the ten paintings I created there are 8 on show in Edinburgh. I made it to the newspaper, this is from The Scotsman of Friday 28 November:

Here are some pictures of the show:

My paintings for the Travel Award and Robert Neil’s work on the far wall.

David Jon Kassan’s work in the middle

Thomas Ganter’s winning painting at the far wall.

The glorious central hall of the Portrait Gallery in Christmas mood

BP Posters are up!

More pictures here
I have written a book about my project 
The Lace Trail which you can preview and buy here

For an organised list of ALL blog posts that I wrote during the BP Travel Award project (2 years), please see this page on my blog!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Show at Lime Tree Gallery

Today is the start of the Christmas Exhibition at Lime Tree Gallery in Bristol. I popped in today to have a look.

See the whole exhibition online: 

Lime Tree Gallery
84 Hotwell Road
Christmas Show 22 November - 23 December 2014

My three paintings on the wall at Lime Tree Gallery

Thursday, 20 November 2014


If you are interested in having a browse or seeing a particular painting ‘in the flesh’ you are more than welcome in my studio. Just contact me first to set a time and date.

Looking Back (oil)

Left to right: Paper Bag & Lace (pastel), portrait study (graphite), Petals & Lace (graphite)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Portrait Workshops

I have taken a big step and decided to offer workshops. This has been playing on my mind for many months and I have finally taken the decision to go for it. I hope you can join me or spread the word. Feel free to ask any and all questions.

For now I am planning on two workshops:

Portrait Drawing
I will offer a one day, intensive portrait drawing workshop where I will delve into how to draw a face, what to look out for, what helpful methods to use and show you how to work with shape, proportion, values, lines, shading and mark making. We will work from photos. Materials are simple so as not to distract from the task of getting a face onto the paper. We will work mainly with graphite pencils and paper but pens, charcoal pencils and pastel pencils are welcome too. All materials will be included, and tea or coffee provided.
22 January 2015
10am - 4pm
£65 pp.

Pastel Portraits
The second workshop I will offer is Portraits in Pastel - a comprehensive and fully packed day of learning the possibilities of pastel painting. Not only do we explore the drawing of a portrait but we will talk and experiment with colour, chroma, edges, mark making, colour mixing and much more. We will work from photos. All materials, tea and coffee will be included.
29 January 2015
10am - 4pm
£75 pp.

Workshops will be held at my kitchen table, the studio is in the next room where you are free to look and see whatever is on the easel. Workshops will be small and informal with a limit of 6 participants. Please look for more information on my workshop page on my website and do not hesitate to ask questions.

I hope to see you soon!
More information here:

Friday, 14 November 2014

Cool Comment

I am sorry but I just had to show you this....
This is a page from the guestbook of Sunderland Museum & Art Gallery, where the BP Portrait Award 2014 is currently showing.....
Yes, I added the red circle...
I don’t know who wrote that but I must thank him or her!! 
Very cool indeed.

Lime Tree Gallery

Opening 22 December
Christmas Show
Lime Tree Gallery

Three paintings by me including this new one:
Three Pearls
Oil on linen

The exhibition is on until 23 December and includes works by many artists, such as James Bland, George Gilbert, Neil MacDonald, David Smith and many others.
See the whole exhibition online: 

Lime Tree Gallery
84 Hotwell Road

Private View:
22 December 10am - 5pm
You are invited! Feel free to pop in to see the show. I will be there around noon.
I show some photos of the show after the Private View.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Two Cushions

This pastel painting is finished. I am not sure about the title yet...bear with me. How about ‘Two Cushions’ for now.

This is 18x11”/ 46x28cm

Thursday, 6 November 2014


Two recent framed paintings in my studio. The drawing on the right is sold.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Some Faces

Just a few older portrait details I shared on my Facebook page....

A detail from a commissioned portrait (2012)

A detail from ‘The Pearl Necklace’, oil. BP Portrait Award 2014
Still on at Sunderland Museum until 16 November
Opens at the Scottisch National Portrait Gallery
on 29 November 2014.

A detail from a recent commissioned portrait (2014). oil.


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