A Peacock in the Orangery

This image for ‘A Peacock in the Orangery’ was inspired by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, but borrows elements from Persian design and the bright colours found in mosaics from that wider region. It started as a title for a novel and developed into this poster. The idea for the novel may beContinue reading “A Peacock in the Orangery”

A lost poster from La Belle Époque

I have a bound collection of L’Art Decorative magazines published between 1899 and 1900. Amongst many beautiful illustrations and photographs is a monochrome reproduction of a poster by the Belgium post-impressionist Georges Lemmen. I have never been able to find a colour version of this poster and the only copies I have found are probablyContinue reading “A lost poster from La Belle Époque”

Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space

A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book purely for my grandchildren. Picking it up again in an idle moment I realised that it could be re-written and re-illustrated for a wider audience. So I did that, packaged up the new version and sent it to a couple agents. The response wasContinue reading “Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space”

Social Climbing

A watercolour illustration that I made several years ago. It has been used on greeting cards and postcards. I drew a number of watercolours in this style for greeting cards and a few of them have remained favourites of mine. My son was an avid rock climber at the time and I probably imagined itContinue reading “Social Climbing”

Heddon’s Mouth, North Devon

Another painting in acrylics. This is a favourite place of mine and one of the places that entranced me when I first visited North Devon. The view is with my back to a stony bay looking back up through through the Heddon Valley and the river Heddon flowing down to the beach. The water cascadesContinue reading “Heddon’s Mouth, North Devon”

Illusions Made From Paper

I have, most of my life, been puzzled by the imagined reality of money. Society started by trading food, goods and services. Then currency was invented. In the world today we don’t have very much real money, we operate almost entirely on promises. You may imagine that the statement you get from a bank guaranteesContinue reading “Illusions Made From Paper”

Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

This was originally a commissioned illustration of the Royal Albert Dock for the Museums of Merseyside – it has always remained a personal favourite and I reworked it to produce this poster sized version. There are always a variety of boats in and around this dock, although you would be very lucky to find theseContinue reading “Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool”

Three Impending Disasters

Early in 2019 I started to write Hope Island, it was completed that year and published in January 2020. It is set one hundred years in the future but it is not a dystopian fantasy. The premise was how three recognised impending disasters might shape our future. The first we are now experiencing, although soContinue reading “Three Impending Disasters”