Southport Pier

Southport in Merseyside, North West England. Taken one late afternoon for no other reason than it looked amazing. I was there partly to see Antony Gormley’s Another Place and this view was breathtaking. The government was going to move my parents to Southport from London, during WW2, but in the end my father remained inContinue reading “Southport Pier”

Swim Wild, Swim Free

This poster was inspired by the Art Deco movement. One of my passions in as a young man was to swim wherever I could. Rivers, lakes, outdoor lidos, even a river pool in the Kakadu National Park in Australia. There is a rock pool at the top of Victoria Falls in Africa, but it wasContinue reading “Swim Wild, Swim Free”

The Girl outside the Regal Cinema

An illustration of an Regal cinema in Barnstaple, North Devon with a girl waiting for a friend outside. This actual building still exists but sadly is no longer a cinema. The period I chose is the mid 1960s so the four advertising posters outside the cinema are all from around that period, being: Marnie, MyContinue reading “The Girl outside the Regal Cinema”

Porlock Weir, Exmoor, Somerset

This drawing of Porlock Harbour in Somerset, England was made only with coloured pencils. It was a fairly large scale piece of work and is available as a high quality poster in four sizes. The illustration uses a technique of over-layering pencils to create a depth of colour not always associated with this media.

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”

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”

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”