Viewers might ask…

How do I do it?

Where do ideas come from?

It is hard for me to explain as there is usually no fixed plan and no prior sketches.  I begin by making marks with the oil paint and the painting evolves as I work.

I  love working with oils.  The process of moving paint around is, for me, an exciting occupation.  Mixing colour and sculpting the thick, luscious oils has become the focus of my work.   I like the ‘journey’ and when I make a painting I never really know the outcome in advance.   The element of surprise is appealing as colour and surface change along the way.

Using Artist Quality Oils, I often mix them together with Cold Wax Medium.   Cold Wax medium adds translucency and texture to the surface.  It dries with a matte finish.

I 'sculpt' the oils with knives, brushes, squeegees and brayers.   Making many layers and scraping back reveals colour below rather like archeology.   The worn textured appearance is exciting.   Many paintings have scratches and scribbles as I draw into the layers of oils.

As the painting progresses I might make colour changes, add layers, take parts away or make new marks.   I rely on my feelings and let the painting ‘speak’ to me.   

Some take weeks of scraping back and changing course whilst others come together quickly without too much stress.  More often there is a battle of wills as I fight the canvas for an acceptable outcome but these challenges keep me focused and prevent complacency.    When I feel happy with composition and colour harmony I stop, but knowing when to stop is the hardest part. 

This painting tells a story 

'Foggy days'24 x 24 inches on canvas      SOLD


'The Dark Side'

A new painting on 20 x 16 inch canvas.

Mystery and drama are here...

This can be viewed in four aspects.





'Another time, another place'

Oils and cold wax medium on 30x40 inch canvas 


My painting on the sitting room wall...

Christmas is coming 

I have softened this painting.   Previously it had harder marks resembling vessels.

Oils and cold wax medium on 20 x 24 inch canvas.

The painting drying on an easel.   

It now hangs in my studio.

A reminder of Autumn 

Oils and cold wax medium on 24 x 24 inch box canvas.  

This one hangs in my home.

'Twilight fades the blue'

Oils and cold wax medium on panel & frame

This is one of my favourites.  It can tell a long story.   I have it hanging in my studio.

SOMETHING NEW FOR 2021...a return to painting with acrylics.

Abstract works in Golden Open Acrylics on smooth white 300gsm paper.  The acrylic I use is perfectly suited to my style of work.  It is slower drying than most acrylic paint so I am able to manipulate the paper for mark-making,  I include the use of gel plates for pressing the paper onto the paint, followed by scraping and drawing.

All priced £50 matted/or mounted on panel.

 I can ship these pictures ...add UK £10 & International £25-30.

Some examples are below...



Framed works on canvas & panel are from around £ 200 - £ 2000




I write an online Blog with studio musings and images of my current work.

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