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 ideas emerge from the random marks.   The painting evolves as I work.  


I  love working with oils.  The process of moving paint around is, for me, an exciting occupation.   

Often a painting will become something far away from the beginning.  

Paintings are mostly put aside to dry before continuing with the process.  They can take many weeks to make and are finished when I feel happy with composition and colour harmony.




I use Artist Quality Oils and often mix them together with Cold Wax Medium.  I love the way the wax moves as I sculpt the oils with a brush or knife, squeegees and brayers.   Making many layers and scraping back reveals colour below rather like archeology.   The worn textured appearance is exciting.

Cold Wax medium adds translucency and texture to the surface.  It dries with a matte finish.


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

Mixing colour and sculpting the thick, luscious oils has become the focus of my work.   I love the ‘journey’ and when I make a painting I never really know the outcome in advance.   The element of surprise is appealing as the surface changes along the way.

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.   Knowing when to stop is the hard part.   


Here are some recent paintings in the workshop...

There is a change in mood as I take on a more pensive feel in my work.   Perhaps autumn has made the difference, as the surrounding fields and hedgerows relax after summer.



Just finished...drying on the studio wall.

'Another time, another place'


Oils and cold wax medium on 30x40 inch canvas 




I have reworked this painting...changing it from red and green.


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



A reworked piece which is drying...

It reminds me of autumn and dried Dock plants in our wild garden.


Oils and cold wax medium on 12 x 12 inches canvas 





This picture has journeyed a long way but it has reached a destination.  

Reminiscent of fields around my home.


Oils and cold wax medium on 20x20 inch box canvas.  


'Late Harvest'

Stubble fields and garnered grain.  All is safely gathered in.


Oils and cold wax medium on 12x16 inch canvas in a black float frame.





'Rising from verdant green'


Oils and cold wax medium.


Just finished...can be viewed in four directions.

30 x 30 inches on canvas.


A painting in progress...nearly there.


Oils on 24 x 48 inch box canvas.








Framed works on canvas & panel are from around £ 200 - £ 1950



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