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Setting the stage for solo exhibition
Chiaroscuro: light and dark
A selection of paintings and drawings from my solo exhibition at the ArtHouse gallery, Southport from May 23 to June 3
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As the nation prepared to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I created this portrait to mark her 70 years on the British throne. Sadly, it was used in tribute to her when she passed a few months later.
When The Queen and the nation mourned the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, I created this portrait in tribute to him and the service he gave to Queen and country.
"Sunset over Whalsay, Shetland Isles" is a pastel drawing on mid-tone paper of the setting sun reflecting on the rippling, gentle waves.
"Waiting on the Bridge" is an acrylic landscape full of questions: does he know another figure approaches? Do they know each other, or that they are being watched by rabbits?
"Road through the snow" is an acrylic landscape painting using perspective and vanishing point in its composition in order to lead the viewer into the snowy scene.
."River of Lights, Tivoli" uses soft pastels on rgb(0, 0, 0) paper to capture the dramatic effects of a city's arteries of lights at night.
This adorable Red Panda was donated to the annual art auction for Explorers Against Extinction. SOLD
This delightful swan family is inspired by photos that I took while admiring the graceful adult swans protectively circling round the clutch of adorable little cygnets.
I love owls, so seeing this tiny Northern Saw Whet Owl feasting on juicy berries, I just had to paint him.
The "Fisherman’s cottage" may be nestled on top of the dunes and protected by the cliffs but still gives the feeling of being huddled against the elements.
These clusters of bright red poppies were sketched in the garden and painted in watercolours.
The cascade tumbling into the lake and then racing out over huge rocks is an acrylic painting based on sketches done at La Fosse Arthor in Normandy, France.
"Lakeside Fun" shows children and visitors playing and walking around the lake at the centre of the spa town Bagnoles De l'Orne in northern France.
One of a trio exploring the depiction, in soft pastel, of white water as it tumbles down the cascade and over the rocks at the Grande Cascade near Mortain in Normandy, France.
A canoeing duo splashing around on the water on a sunny day with the light bouncing off the rocks and the red lifejackets giving a bright pop of colour.
This landscape of the famous French tourist spot, Mont St Michel, depicted at sunset, is painted in metallic watercolours which glint in different lights. It is sold framed for ease of display.
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I love drawing the illusion of snow, and this is one of my favourite snow scenes - Gold Hill - always evoking the memory of the little boy struggling up hill with his bicycle on his bread delivery round.
Ruff Woods in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, is a lovely mixture of paths winding in and out of woodland and down to the small quarry where this scene is looking towards.
This wave crashing onto the rocks was created in mixed media with pastel as the base to the picture and white acrylic paint layered on to create the texture of the wave's foamy splash back.
This single swan is pictured from above as the low winter sunlight bounces off the ripples on the water. SOLD
"Cottages in the woods" is a watercolour scene painted en plein air on the path leading up to the castle at Lassay Les Chateuax in northern France.
The 2 fishing boats beached on the sands at low tide give the feeling of a lazy summer's day. There is a little village in the background nestled in front of the towering cliffs.
"Safe and Snug" looks out onto a chilly scene from a place of warmth and safety; the cool blues and greys of the snow contrasts with the warm red curtain and the rich brown window frames.
Walking down the lakeside path in the Botanic Gardens in Southport, Merseyside, the sun lit up the trees' autumnal shades contrasting with the cool shadows of the archway.
"Reflections of Wayfarers Arcade in Southport" is a nostalgic shopping trip looking at the wonderful arch vaulted glass ceiling which has remained virtually untouched for a century. The long arcade is ideal for these panorama canvases.
"Lapping on the shoreline" is an oil painting on a long, thin panoramic canvas which plays with just how much one can leave empty and the brain will still fill in the full image that is represented in this tranquil scene.
"Berthed near Burscough" take us down the canal in this West Lancashire town to where this line of brightly coloured boats were berthed near the highly distinctive bridge that reflects so well in this acrylic painting.
"Gone Fishing with Dad" has a delightful image of a father and son sat on the jetty waiting for the first catch of the day. Painted in oils on a deep frame canvas, each side, top and bottom contains elements that can only be viewed from that side.
The subtle yet dramatic colour palette of the tinted charcoal paints helps create a brooding landscape of craggy mountains towering above the little hamlet nestled in the foothills