Sir Derek Jacobi


Oil on canvas board, 16×12”


Anita Rani

Anita Rani is a well-known tv presenter in the UK. Without any doubt she is beautiful, which presented a challenge when I painted her. Her skin is so smooth and unblemished that it is difficult to get the planes and contours of her face right without making her look too old. I thought you might like to see the photos I took as the work progressed.

Oil on canvas, 16×12”





David Tennant


Charcoal on paper, 20×16”. £30 unframed. Carriage free.

I have been watching Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 on Sky Arts. Portrait painting is not something I do very often and consequently I am never satisfied with my efforts. I wonder what you think of this study of the actor David Tennant. It is certainly better than the drawings I have never submitted to my website, so here it is.

Lode Mill, Anglesey Abbey


Acrylic on canvas board, 12×16”. £50 unframed, free carriage. Respond via comments.

Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property near Cambridge in the UK. I visited it a while ago specifically to explore the winter garden and was not disappointed. Many varieties of snowdrops were evident, as were a few early daffodils and helebores. There were some stunning colours amongst the trees and shrubs. Lode Mill is a working watermill a short walk from the Abbey alongside the river, from where this scene was painted. Whole grain flour can be bought from the mill.

Misty Morning, Whitstable


Acrylic on canvas board, 12×16”. £50 unframed, carriage free. Use the contact form if you are interested.

Whitstable Harbour in Kent, UK, is one of my favourite inspirations for painting. It is full of character and the fishing boats are quite challenging to depict. Around the harbour are oyster sellers, fish market, fishermens’ huts, and a Saturday market. Many of the old fishermens’ huts have been converted into holiday lets. As a result they have lost some character but at least they are being conserved and put to good use. Sometimes a Thames barge moors up and is available for trips round the estuary. There is a big tidal range here and as a result, twice a day the boats sit in mud, giving an altogether different view. This is a place to wander slowly, perhaps sitting down for coffee or lunch in the open air cafe.

Whitstable is a favourite of day-trippers and can get very busy at times. Do go there, especially if you are an artist – you will find much to paint and it is a good centre for venturing into the other towns of north Kent.