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”

London Docks and Waterways 1947

I grew up so close to the Thames that it was part of my life. As a teenager I rowed in the tidal reaches in a coxed four and spent one memorable summer working on a tug boat based out of the pool of London. As a student I often ate my lunch on itsContinue reading “London Docks and Waterways 1947”

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”

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”

Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, Devon

A poster derived from an series of sketches I made of the iconic Valley of the Rocks, in Lynton, England. North Walk is a cliff path, with precipitous drops which leads you round Hollerday Hill in Lynton. This route is part of the South West Coast Path as it winds its way along the NorthContinue reading “Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, Devon”

Lynmouth Harbour

An experimental montage of Lynmouth Harbour executed with multiple layers of cut and torn coloured tissue paper. The strange building on the harbour wall is the Rhenish Tower , originally built to store salt water for an indoor bath. It was later fitted with a light to act as a beacon above the harbour. TheContinue reading “Lynmouth Harbour”

Here there be Mermaids

A watercolour illustration that I made several years ago. It has been used on greeting cards and postcards. It is also hung in the bathrooms of two friends that I know of. I drew a number of watercolours in this style for greeting cards and a few of them have remained favourites of mine. ThisContinue reading “Here there be Mermaids”