Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The 57th Essex Open Exhibition

I'm very happy to have two of my paintings selected for The 57th Essex Open Exhibition []. The exhibition is currently running and ends the 4th of February 2017 at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue,  Southend-on-Sea.

Blackwater high tide/acrylic

Warm autumn

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


although it's not really the case. I've been busy with a set of commissions which will be installed into a newly refurbished Manor House. However, I've managed to produce a couple of pieces (one of which is below) from sketches I made from locations in North Essex, near to the border with Suffolk – a seriously pretty, although often ignored, part of the country – so all is well.

August heat

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Distant red

Red is an odd choice to represent distance. 'Aerial perspective' lightens and casts a blue shade on far-away objects. However, like the use of warm colours in shadow areas instead of cool ones, reds, oranges and purples attract attention and draw your eye in, thus making the observer look towards the horizon.
Twilight over red marsh

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Burnham Art Trail


I'm proud to be part of this year's Burnham Art Trail []. This year is particularly special as it's the first year where my new studio [] will be a venue for the trail. The studio will be open throughout the trail (25th of June to 3rd of July) between the hours of 11am to 5pm (special arrangements can be made if you contact me). Also the Station House has another artist in residence, plus it is also a venue for two other artists' work.

I hope to see you there!
June sky

Tuesday, 12 January 2016


Happy new year. Apologies for not posting much last year. This year will be different… eventually.

Over the fields to the distant sea
Acrylic on canvas

Sea mist
Acrylic on canvas 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Q&A: watercolour dullness

Here's a question I received via my website: I love your watercolor on paper. My question is the paper watercolor paper and is it gesso ex? My paintings often look to dull. I love your colors and brightness. What am I doing wrong. I use WC paper not gessoed.

My answer: Hi and thank you Judy. A common problem and a simple solution. Dullness could be caused by a number of things: poor quality of paint; poor quality of paper; too many pigments being mixed together; or overworking/re-working of washes. Unfortunately, watercolour materials do not come cheap. Alongside decent sable-type brushes you will need artist-quality paint and paper – student quality, albeit fine for learning, doesn’t quite cut it. Mixing too many pigments together will result in muddy wash of colour. I keep my mixes fairly open and mainly use either one pigment/colour or two. Watch out: some colours (eg. indigo) can contain two pigments to start with. Re-working washes (areas of paint) will result in the painting losing its freshness. I believe this is due to the pigment particles being disturbed from their initial state – a bit like smudging a fresh pastel mark will result in a duller result. Oh, gesso doesn’t really make a difference except that it can improve the surface of the paper if you’re using cheap stuff. I hope this helps.

Always happy to help!
Chilled to the bone/watercolour