Wimbledon Common

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I grew up near Wimbledon Common and spent a lot of time there over the years. It has a lot of variety for a common of that size: there are reputedly a million trees there, three lakes (Queensmere, Kingsmere and … Continue reading

Forest Reduced

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My mother has an incredible eye for things of value and quality, bought at bargain prices and her mode of artistic expression is the collection and arrangement of her found treasures.  When I was a child, my mother used to … Continue reading

Canopy

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You know when spring is on it’s way when the spindly, skeletal trees start to have a green shimmer about their edges and you can almost sense the latent energy of the sap rising and the buds about to explode. … Continue reading

Queensmere

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If you walk due west of the Windmill on Wimbledon Common, down the wooded incline, you’ll stumble upon a sizeable lake, Queensmere. It’s quite deep and weedy. As a child, I was always warned against swimming there with tales of … Continue reading

Horsetails and Contrails

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Above the clouds the sun is always shining. Horsetails of high flying Cirrus promise good weather when you see them. The absence of rain clouds lets you see the contrails of jets carving up the sky, just like they do … Continue reading

From the Pier at Annaghmakerrig

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Annaghmakerrig inspired so many pieces from me. The experience of sitting by the lake at midnight was bewitchingly romantic and mystical. One starts to see in a different way. One would think that the darkness of the night would leave … Continue reading

The River at Bagnor

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“So many colours on the hillside, each different in shadow and in sunlight; such brilliant reflections in the pool, each a key lower than what they repeat; such lovely lights gilding or silvering surface or outline…” Sir Winston Churchill ~ … Continue reading

Across the Lake

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I had a pretty amazing start to 2006. I stayed at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at New Bliss between Christmas and New Year and had the most incredible few days of inspiration at this magical place. Creative work in the … Continue reading

Out of the Woods

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It’s no secret, I love trees and I love silhouettes. Hardly a surprise that the two should collide like this in my work. I also love the opportunity of using non-naturalistic colour palettes. There’s something about this particular range that … Continue reading

The Lake at Burnham Beeches

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“Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life’s journey.”… “Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, … Continue reading