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Big Steve

A portrait of Steve Pallister 2022 800mm x 550mm Oils on Aluminium Composite Panel This is the second painting I made of Steve Pallister and at 800mm tall, is probably the largest face I’ve painted to date. The first painting I made of Steve, a more formal portrait, is still a work in progress and …

Red Onion Green

2022 155mm x 300mm Oils on panel An energetic onion discovered in a cupboard. I was drawn to the irony that a simple onion isn’t regarded as beautiful or fragrant, but in that moment, its energy was captivating. 48hrs later, this little painting was completed and those fresh shoots had lost their luminous translucency. There …

Skull in shadow

2022 160mm x 220mm Oils on hardboard While flipping through the thousands of images in the Cane-Yo Public Reference resource, I spotted this gently lit skull, and was compelled to celebrate it in paint. I liked the way the soft, cool light rolled away across the form into warm shadow and provided an opportunity to …

The Instructor

A portrait of Kristian Cooper 2021 450mm x 550mm Oils on Aluminium Panel It wasn’t until after I’d spent a few hours sea kayaking with Kristian Cooper of Sea Kayak 59˚N that I realised what a fabulous subject for a painting he was. In addition to him being a thoroughly knowledgable guide and a magnificently …

The Sound Technician

A portrait of Bobbie Roe 2021 385mm x 245mm Oils on MDF I encountered Bobbie at a Classic Car event in Shropshire. She was overseeing operations from her vantage point in the Amplified Sounds Limited Public Address Unit. We briefly chatted during the event, as much as proceedings would allow, and I came away with …

Echoes in Dead Things

2021 6″x8″ Oils on board On a walk around a Derbyshire country park, I spotted this fragment of ancient oak. Before this piece followed the rest of the tree and fed the soil, I put it in my pocket. Once home and added to my ever-expanding collection of treasures, I noticed the similarity to the …

2021 8″x6″ Oil on board The second in my ongoing exploration of still life. These small paintings allow me celebrate the interesting knick-knacks I’ve picked up on various walks and adventures through my life. The juvenile fox skull in this little painting was roadkill found on a cycle ride some years ago. I’d spotted it …

Brass & Bone

2021 8″x6″ Oils on board When I first took to working with oil paints, I’d bought a couple of sheets of Dalerboard with the faux canvas texture so I could experiment with the paint. The boards were set aside while I fooled around with different paints, oil and solvent combinations and discovered various other surfaces …

Padley Gorge

2021 430mm x 710mm Acrylics on watercolour board While this painting doesn’t show the intimate scale of the gorge, or the brook that runs through it, it captures something of the essence of the ancient woodland in a place I find so engaging. Limited Edition Signed Prints – due to the wonderful response to this …

Beau III

2021 420mm x 297mm (A3) oils on aluminium panel The inclusion of the subject’s hands in a portrait contribute much more than simply adding detail, and a fair amount of time, to a painting. In this, the third in the series of works featuring Beau, I wanted to feature her hands in a smaller, tighter …

Ken II

2021 335mm x 262mm Oils on panel In 2020, I really enjoyed painting Ken Tye’s magnificent profile, so much so that at the tail end of December, I revisited my reference to make a more loose representation, from a slightly different angle. To prevent me getting too twiddly with my brushwork, I selected a No.4 …

Beau II

2021 455mm x 325mm Oils on panel My original intention was to only make a single painting of Beau, however, once I’d completed the larger, three quarter length piece, I wanted to explore a tighter composition in a smaller scale. In painting Beau for a second time, I was aiming for something timeless that would …

Free Kirk Lane – Stromness Sunday #2

2021 560mm x 255mm Watercolour on 300gsm Bockingford HP Another in my appreciation of Orkney’s Stromness. A fascinating sideways glance from Victoria Street up Free Kirk Lane looking towards Stromness Town Hall. It is one of those compositional gifts I’ve wanted to pin down for years.

Beau IV

202o 385mm x 305mm Oils on panel In late 2019, in collaboration with award-winning photographer, Christina Lauder, I began my ‘Beau’ project – a series of paintings of a single subject – Beau. It was Beau’s first shoot and she was very easy to work with, punctual and took direction well. She’s not decided on …

Miller’s Close – Stromness Sunday #1

2021 520mm x 240mm Watercolour on 300gsm Bockingford HP From my very first walk through Stromness in Orkney many years ago, I was captivated by the overlapping and interlocking shapes in the architecture that cried out for me to sketch them. A more poetic writer would be able to express it better. After several reference …

Lewis Distilled

2020 355mm x 455mm Oils on aluminium panel My wife Dawn’s photography continues to be an excellent source of reference material, particularly since Covid-19 severely limited my opportunities to visit events where I could capture subjects for my paintings. This piece features our son Lewis on a visit to the Highland Park Distillery in Kirkwall, …

Red and Orange – a portrait of Laura Grieve

2020 450mm x 230mm Oils on MDF panel When this painting appeared on Social Media, I was contacted by Laura’s local newspaper, the Orcadian. They wanted to write a short piece for their readers. The journalist, Rachael Batty, sent a series of questions for me to respond to. With my habit of using a few …

Girl

2020 170mm x 170mm Graphite and white pencil on 135gsm GF Smith Colorplan ‘stone’ This small drawing was made for submission to the Leicester Society of Artists’ Annual Exhibition specifically to comply with the 2020 guidelines. I keep a file of faces I find interesting and intriguing. I can’t recall where and when I found …

Forever and ever – study

2020 297mm x 210mm Derwent Inktense pencils on Clairefontaine Maya Grey 120gsm paper In preparation for my third piece to feature Beau, I made an A4 tonal study to explore the relationship between values. I like that slight tilt to the head – to me it suggests a fleeting moment of inquisitiveness. The final painting …

Ken Tye

2020 350mm x 290mm Oils on illustration board I met Ken Tye at a classic car show and auto jumble in Leicestershire. When I explained to him that I paint portraits of people I find interesting and that he has a fabulous face, he patiently allowed me to gather my reference to enable me to …

JM

2020 620mm x 420mm Oils on cradled birch faced ply panel I’ve always felt that this painting of Jordan McEwen, made in collaboration with photographer Anthony D’Elia, would be more at home on an ill-lit upstairs corridor at Crimson Peak. In actual fact, I made this painting to fit a reclaimed frame I had which …

Mother’s Day

2020 500mm x 660mm Oils on cradled birch faced ply panel During a Mother’s Day walk around National Trust property, Croome Park in Worcestershire, the Rotunda provided an ideal opportunity for my son Lewis to check his phone. At the time, the interior of the garden temple was undergoing restoration, a harmonious backdrop and sympathetic …

Sesame

2020 A4 Coloured pencil on grey paper Apparently, this magnificent Afghan Hound, Sesame, is so named because of her resemblance to Big Bird from the TV show Sesame Street. I have to agree. This drawing was made from photographic reference provided by my friend, award winning photographer, Christina Lauder.

Andrew Bradshaw

2020 297mm x 210mm Coloured Pencil on Clairefontaine Maya drawing paper I encountered Mister Bradshaw and his particularly fine Lotus 30 at the Chateau Impney Hillclimb in 2017. I try to avoid gathering reference on very sunny days, but needs must when the devil drives.

Beau – a study

2020 410mm x 300mm Derwent Inktense Pencils on GF Smith Colorplan Mid Green My collaboration with photographer Christina Lauder, provided me with a wealth of material to work with. This study of Beau on green toned paper was to explore the potential composition for a possible future painting. A deliberately subdued drawing with a narrow …

The Marshal

A portrait of Hugh Girvan 2019 330mm x 375mm Oils on wood panel Painted from a series of reference photographs taken at the two day Vintage Sports Car Club event at Prescott Hillclimb near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, this painting shows marshal Hugh Girvan taking a break perched on the front wheel of the 1929 Stinson Special. …

The Iron Dwarf

2019 10″x8″ Oils on aluminium panel Dave Hodges is a metal fabricator known as the ‘Iron Dwarf’ from Kettering, Northamptonshire. In addition to making stuff from particularly robust steel, he offers very educational experience days with one-to-one tuition in traditional blacksmithing. I met Dave, ‘The Iron Dwarf’, at an autojumble in Leicestershire in August 2019 …

What I did on my Holidays

2019 254mm x 203mm Oils on Gessoed Watercolour board After seeing my reflection in a misted mirror, I was inspired to paint my first self portrait. In an attempt to replicate the sense of looking through tiny beads of water, I kept my strokes short without blending, requiring more precise colour mixing. The painting was …

The Performer

A portrait of Emily-May 2019 625mm x 420mm Oils on cradled birch faced ply panel Over a particularly fine coffee with my friend, photographer Christina Lauder, I lamented the fact I was going through a period where all I seemed to be painting were ‘characterful’ faces with wrinkles and lumps, bristles and bumps, and how …

Duxford Dozer

2019 Oils on Aluminium 235mm x 235mm This fine gentleman was sitting atop a Caterpillar D4 bulldozer during the Flying Legends event at Imperial War Museum Duxford in 2017. I took several photographs from various angles as his attention was on the air display and was oblivious to me capturing him. I would really like …

Hugh Girvan – Prescott 2017

2019 297mm x 210mm Coloured Pencil on Clairefontaine Maya drawing paper Hugh Girvan is one of the marvellous characters captured in the summer of 2017, at the Vintage Sports Car Club meeting at Prescott Hillclimb. This A4 study on toned paper was made in preparation for a small portrait to include in my ongoing ‘Driven …

Noel Runnels-Moss – a small portrait

8″x4.5″ Oils on gessoed watercolour board I set myself a time limit of two days for this tiny portrait. Another candidate for my ongoing series, ‘Driven Individual’ where I attend motorsport events and gather as much photographic reference as I can before heading back to the studio. On this occasion, Mr Runnels-Moss was preparing for …

Mr Runnels-Moss (study)

2019 – A4 black and white Prismacolor pencil I photographed Noel Runnels-Moss as he prepared for his drive at the Vintage Sports Car Club Hill Climb at Prescott. This black and white crayon study was made while I was waiting for the gesso to cure on a panel for a small portrait of him.

Spider II and Mister Spencer

2019  710mm x 940mm Oils on cradled birch panel In 2017 I attended the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. I was completely captivated by some of the utterly bonkers cars at the meeting and their equally fascinating custodians and knew then that I wanted to celebrate them in a painting. My intention was to emulate …

Waiting for Leo

2010  470mm x 680mm Oils on MDF In May 2010 I was working for a couple of days in Vienna. The event I was due to attend didn’t start until lunchtime, so my hosts kindly delivered me to the Museum Quarter so I could charge my cultural batteries. Waiting for the Leopold Museum to open, …

John Bradbury

2011 420mm x 297mm  Oils on gessoed board Late afternoon at a classic car festival in Shropshire, John Bradbury was sat next to his Riley RM saloon in a state of total relaxation. After sneaking a sequence of reference images, I chose to make a painting of him in complete isolation to remove any distraction …

Tom, Dick and Harry

A portrait of Mick Shuttlewood plus extras. 2012  520mm x 770mm  Oils on MDF My son was performing as part of a band at an open air event, so I took the opportunity to ‘harvest’ a few faces. I spotted an interesting trio on a bench and took a sequence of photographs over a period …

Naughty Sugar

A portrait of Hannah Matthews 2014  800mm x 450mm  Oils on cradled aluminium panel Cabaret performer Hannah Matthews was working with a good friend of mine, Sunderland photographer Meg Franklin. Meg was showing me some of the outtakes from a recent shoot and one in particular really, captioned ‘Naughty Sugar’ caught my eye. It showed …

The Engine Builder

A portrait of Stuart Rolt 2018  14″ x 11″ Oils on aluminium panel  I encountered Stuart while on a reference gathering expedition for another car-related project. Stuart was attending Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb as support for his sister, Phoebe. She was taking part in the race and Stuart is responsible for taking care of her car …

Chopper

A portrait of Flynn Beltane 2018  1100mm x 700mm  Oils on cradled birch faced ply panel In gathering reference for this painting, I’d captured Flynn at a dark period in his life and was conscious of the melancholy behind his eyes as I worked. This was after a chance encounter at a Festival of Transport …