New paintings May 2020

I began my latest series of paintings during the lockdown period in early May. I took my daily exercise walking in nearby Richmond Park where the respite from traffic noise highlighted the birdsong and I even heard a cuckoo on one occasion!

Many people used their lockdown time to gather in family groups for picnics in the park and these scenes reminded me of the way that artists such as Antoine Watteau and Jean Baptiste Pater portrayed Arcadian scenes in the 18th century.

So this latest series is in part a reinterpretation of 18th century Fête Champêtre paintings and in part picnics in lockdown.

New work

I’m currently experimenting with digital artwork. Just trying out ideas at the moment.

Current Exhibition

I will be exhibiting two of my abstract works with Richmond Art Society from Saturday 30 November to Saturday 7 December.

Venue: Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE


New abstract work

This is one of my recent abstracts inspired by Barbara Rae’s wonderful Northwest Passage exhibition at Canada House in London, on until 16 Feb this year.

New work!

My latest work ready for exhibiting with Teddington Artists in September and Landmark Art Fair in October.

Palm House Interior

I’m so happy that my painting ‘Palm House Interior’ has gone to a lovely new  home…

Orangery, Kew Gardens’ shortlisted!

I’m excited that my painting ‘Orangery, Kew Gardens’ has been shortlisted for the Sheengate Publishing Glorious Richmond competition. The winning painting will go on the front cover of the July issue of Richmond magazine, so fingers crossed!

Peter Doig

My year has got off to a good start with a trip to the Michael Werner gallery to see Peter Doig’s latest work. I love his painting. As Jonathan Jones writes in the Guardian, it is imaginative art of the highest order!

Tate St Ives

I always enjoy going to the Tate in St Ives and now the new extension is open it’s even better!

I wasn’t blown away by Rebecca Warren’s sculpture, but the new space is impressive and the re-hang of the permanent collection there is great. It’s good that the Tate are including more women artists – for example Sandra Blow, whose wonderful paintings I hadn’t seen before.

Jasper Johns at the RA

Alastair Sooke describes Jasper Johns as ‘The master of arcane introspection’ and after spending the morning at the RA’s huge retrospective of John’s work I can see what he means.
I spent a lot of time moving back and forwards between artworks and the writing on the wall, but it was worth the effort. All of his iconic works are here and for me, some wonderful surprises…..