26 Nov Life is Full of Surprises

There were no iPads, laptops or smartphones when I was a kid. Not even colour TV. At the age of 8 my imagination was ignited by comics. I spent my ‘Saturday Sixpence’ on The Dandy, Beano, Topper, Beezer or Eagle. Most were printed and published...

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21 Sep After Coffee She Left Me

I was eating a raisin cookie one morning and I thought, I know, maybe I should paint this. So, I set about mocking up a still-life arrangement using raisin cookies and changing things, adding stuff and moving things around, as you do. I bought the dark chocolate...

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04 Jul True Love is Hard to Find

The Kimberley Desert, Western Australia, circa 1897. This was an inhospitable, arid, unforgiving land where the heat and the flies were constant, unwanted companions. Out there in the outback the likelihood of meeting a young, nubile, lone female was rare if not unheard of! For the...

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03 Apr There Are No Easy Answers

So, what’s this all about? I, honestly, have absolutely no idea. I do plan my work extensively before putting paint to canvas. In this instance I chose the individual images because I liked them. Why? I have no idea. The image in the top right was originally...

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21 Feb Forbidden Fruit

I usually have little idea of how a painting is going to evolve before I start. In this instance I had both the yellow and blue tin-toy robots and the female is inspired by 1940’s American pin-up art (which I've always had a soft-spot for)....

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28 Aug 14.688°S,145.471°E

In the 1950’s Hans and Lotte Hass hosted a BBC series, filmed underwater in The Red Sea and The Great Barrier Reef. Back then it was in black and white, colour hadn’t arrived. As a child I was riveted, fascinated, spellbound! And their voice-over commentary was...

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14 Jun Oskar

This is Oskar. Or Oskie as he's affectionately known. He was around 28 and a half (if you believe the human calculation of canine ageing) when he was painted. We found him in a locked suitcase in a lost-property office. How he got in there and...

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19 May If You Go Into The Woods Today

I’m not a landscape painter but I do like landscape paintings. I remember my first visit to Mt. Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland. The dense, majestic rainforest is in stark contrast to the rolling-green fields of the UK landscape I had grown up with. Just...

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