Saturday, 24 January 2015


On Friday 27 March I’ll be doing a lunch time talk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery about my project The Lace Trail. The talk is about an hour, free,  and I hope to see you there!

Dutch artist, art historian and BP Travel Award winner Sophie Ploeg takes you into the lavish world of early 17th century Dutch and English portraiture. These portraits and the development of lace and ruffs as a fashion accessory has inspired her to create a series of new paintings which are currently on display within the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition. Within this talk she will discuss early 17th century portraiture, the development of 17th century lace and how she got inspired to create the costumes for her paintings. She will share studio images of the works in progress and explain her working method.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Friday 27 March
12.45 - 2pm

(If you cannot make this talk there will be another one in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire on 23 April)

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Pastel Society

Pleased to announce that my painting ‘Two Cushions’ has been selected to be exhibited in the Pastel Society’s annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

Two Cushions, pastel
Look Again
Pastel Society
Annual Exhibition 2015
24 February - 7 March
Mall Galleries
The Mall, London SW1
(can I hint at an exciting exhibition coming up in...Manchester! Stay tuned...)

Thursday, 8 January 2015


My workshops are filling up but if you are interested in joining me for a day of drawing portraits do have a look on my Workshop page on my website where you can also sign up.

On the 22 January I will dive into the nitty gritty of how to draw a face, which can be so difficult sometimes. We will explore a few techniques and just dive in with some basic drawing materials. We will try and think about proportion, shading, mark making, line and shapes, values and much more. Drawing portraits is the underlying basis for all portrait painting, whether you prefer oils, pastels or watercolour and so it will help in whichever medium you prefer to work.

On 29 January we will attack colour! Pastels are a great medium if you like to work with colour as it is direct and instant. It will not change over time and you do not need to wait for it to dry. You can mix, blend, layer and scumble just like with any other paint medium. We will touch upon a few portrait drawing topics but go less deep than in the first workshop and instead point our attention to working with colour, value, mixing, light temperature and much more.

For both workshops we will work from photographs. All materials will be provided. Workshops are small and informal (max 6 students) but packed full of info and practice.

2015 Exhibitions

Happy 2015!! I love looking ahead so I have been looking at any great exhibitions coming up. Not the ones with my work in it - necessarily - but the big ones at the major public galleries. Lots of newspapers do this but just like everybody else I never agree with their selection! In 2014 there were some real blockbuster exhibitions. I don’t always get to go because of time restraints (I have a young family so sometimes Rembrandt has to make way for Paddington Bear) but I really enjoyed the ‘Wedding Dresses’ exhibition at the V&A last year, as well as the major Veronese exhibition at the National Gallery. Of course the BP Portrait Award 2014 was a big one for me personally. I really wanted to see the Rembrandt exhibition but I simply ran out of time and had to skip it. I am no big exhibition-goer, but I am a wannabe.

In no particular order I hope to see at least some of these promising exhibitions in 2015. Which ones would you recommend and have I missed?

12 February - 25 May 2015
National Portrait Gallery, London

14 March - 19 July 2015
V&A Museum, London

13 November 2015 - 14 February 2016
Queen’s Gallery, London 
Gerrit Dou, Girl Chopping Onions, 1647

18 June - 20 September 2015
National Portrait Gallery, London

7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016
National Gallery, London

Goya, Self Portrait in his studio, 1793-5 ©  Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid

Sunday, 4 January 2015

...2015 is Here!

A new year, new plans, cleaning up, sorting out...
As soon as the new year starts I usually get the bug and can’t wait to throw out the Christmas decorations, tidy up and go for minimalist instead of cozy and full. I have been researching a new easel for a long time now and although not totally decided or ordered I wanted to make more space in my small studio. So out with the big (-ish) old desk and in with a new smaller one! A few shelves and a new desk chair (still to be covered with some nice fabric) and some re-organising later I am very happy with a new, more organised, space saving corner in my studio. I used Pinterest for some interior design ideas... There is more space to set up models and still lives, more space to hold Open Studios and most importantly there is space for the longed for big easel. But that is another story.

Ten Best Facebook Pages on Art
The New Year was off to a good start by a post by the Making a Mark Blog about the 10 best Art Facebook pages....which included mine! Wow, thank you Making a Mark. 

Talking about social can find me not only on Facebook, but also on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Pinterest! Yes I love it all..... ;)

Teaser Image
On my Facebook page I recently shared a studio shot, with a small detail of a painting in progress. Just a little teaser:


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