We are not the LastAbout this work
I am horrified by what I see and hear on the news but mostly I feel stunned and helpless like the folks standiing around the sides of this scene looking at the devastation. I am not proud of myself.
AdriftAbout this work
This was created just after the Brexit Vote. I felt a bit lost.
Unreal CityAbout this work
This painting appeared all by itself. I find it quite mysterious and satisfying when that happens.
City of Culture
Diving into HampsteadAbout this work
77cm x 50 cm
This piece is the culmination of sketches made looking out over London from Hampstead and enjoying swimming outdoors in the ponds.
Behind the BBC 55 cm x 48 cmAbout this work
People in London are often create a bubble around themselves, ignoring or unaware of the drama going on around them - the homeless, someone at a window, a woman floating up out of a window, or wild horses galloping over the rooftops.
Slovene Ghosts 56 cm x 47 cmAbout this work
This piece was developed from sketches done in the Julian Alps in Slovenia. Although the woods and mountains look idyllic, I was very aware of the soldiers, partisans, hunters, villagers and wild animals who have lived and died in these woods during numerous wars.
Slovene Fairy Tale 56 cm x 47 cmAbout this work
One day I got lost in the woods in the Slovenian Alps. No mobile network. One mountain looks much like another. I came to a clearing where an old man was chopping wood by a wooden house. I imagined an old woman inside stoking the oven. I was in another world. Full of apprehension I asked the way home. He spoke English!
Through a Glass Darkly 53 cm x 42 cmAbout this work
This is entirely Collage. I aim to have a clear still life image, but encourage the viewer to look more closely and imagine other connotations from the context.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face
1 Corinthians 13:12
Faces of India 60 cm x 49 cmAbout this work
I found India full of contrasts and conflicts. Vivid sunshine and colours against mounds of rubbish. Home of peace and meditation contrasted with intolerance of homosexuality. And so on.
Indian Cyclist 69 cm x 56 cmAbout this work
I spent a few weeks in Goa, India. The combination of decaying buildings, bright fabrics and busy streets inspired this piece. I was aware of the stark contrast between layers of colonial history and the busyness and chaos of a modern Indian street.
Edinburgh Ancient and Modern 56 cm x 47 cmAbout this work
I visited Edinburgh and was startled by the view of a large volcanic hill (Arthur's Seat) right in the middle of the city. The contrast of a building site against the backdrop of a green hill was surprising.
Reflections 41 cm x 34 cmAbout this work
Mixture of Gouache, ink, paper.
Images reflected in a shop window.
Bridge on Regent's Canal, LondonAbout this work
I was drawn to the contrast betweeen the strength of the abstract shapes and the softness of the reflections in the water.
FloodingAbout this work
This is a mixture of crayon marks and collage of images taken from newspapers at the start of 2013.
It was a response to the during the exceedingly wet weather, when many cities and the countryside were flooded. One response from a householder was headlined in the paper :
'You just get dry, get sorted and start again'.
Sound advice. Though I am not always so philosophical in the face of catastrophe
Black DogsAbout this work
this is a monoprint
They are out there, hungry,
Roaming the streets for scraps,
Scouring the countryside.
One will round on you at a corner,
Eyeing you with a vacant stare,
Pounce, or saunter on by,
Or sashay up, nose in your pocket,
Sniffing for treats.
Welcome to my WorldAbout this work
This was made using pen, ink, watercolour and collage.
This mixed media work developed from drawing and painting my living room and using collage on top. Vibrant and explosive on the one hand, a rocking chair on the other.