Thursday, 19 February 2009

My latest completed painting

Weather hasn't really encouraged me to spend much time in my studio past couple of weeks. Grey, cold and damp weather seems to have robbed me of most of my inspiration. However, I did complete this portrait of Michael, a fellow artist. I'm always meaning to do more portraits of friends of mine.... But never seem to quite manage it! If there's anyone out there who can offer me a few days in the warm sun, please let me know. Can always paint a portrait for you in return for some hospitality?

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Portrait of President Barack Obama

After seeing Barack Obama being sworn in as America's next President, I couldn't help but paint his portrait. It's as simple as that. The size is 30x36 inches, oil on canvas, price £460, plus shipping costs. Any collector interested in this portrait, please contact me:

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Start of a New Year!

So, the holiday period is behind us and we can all get back to our daily routine! Though I was still busy, not necessarily producing work, but working on the internet, trying to get a stronger presence. This takes loads of time and effort! Went to my studio on 1st January, but it was so cold (given I hadn't been there for over a week and it had become like a fridge) that whilst there I promptly contracted a cold! Came home. Ok, so we are now into the New Year, and my teaching will commence again in a few days. Our life drawing class will start in a few weeks, so am displaying here two photos that I hope will give a flavour as to how the class operates. Wishing all my followers the very best in the New Year, and please keep in touch.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

My latest nude painting

Have been busy working in my studio last

couple of weeks and have produced several

new nude studies, here is the latest example. Image size 20x24 inches, oils on board, price £120, unframed. Anyone interested in this painting, please either visit my website at or email at:

Sunday, 14 December 2008

My faulty Baumatic cooker hood!

I've got a good moan to make. No, not about art, but something totally different. Summer of 2007 we had a new kitchen installed - Yes, you can imagine the chaos. Several weeks of no lighting, cooking via microwave - No sink, a bucket. No doubt you've been through similar. I won't mention the rest of the house, total refurbishment etc.. etc..
However, we had a new cooker hood installed, provided by a company called Baumatic. No sooner was it out of guarantee than if packed up! It emitted a terrible sound. Picked up the phone to the service department, but really they didn't want to know. However, they said they would send out an engineer to replace any faulty part, but charge a staggering £88! Could buy the complete thing for a bit more. Anyway, send the engineer. He duly came, spent 20 minutes replacing a faulty plastic fan, collected the £88 and off he went. I felt disappointed by the service, given that it was just out of guarantee and I was a new customer. I wrote to the company about my disappointment, but they weren't sympathetic. Wrote to the head of the company personally. He didn't even reply! So beware, before buying any Baumatic product, just recall my experience. I, for one, will never purchase anything from them again.

Monday, 8 December 2008

life-drawing class

Anyone wanting to take up life-drawing, and lives in the Southport area, Merseyside, I shall be starting another class in January. It's open to anyone, absolute beginners or the more advanced. To find out more, you can either contact the college, King George the V, direct on 01704 500065, or contact me via my website:

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Maghull's Celebration of Art, this weekend!

We are now into the final days till December Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, when we Celebrate a big exhibition of paintings at two venues. Maghull Town Hall and Deyes Lane High School. What's prompted this effort is Liverpool's Capital of Culture year. Around 150 local artists will be taking part, from across our local area of Sefton. Anyone thinking of taking up art as a leisure pursuit should come along; see the kind of work being produced - and it covers a wide range. Talk to the artists and find out if it's for you.
Opening times on both days are from 10.30am till 5.00pm. Oh, and refreshments will be available - with mince pies!