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New painting video – Evening Glow over Dymchurch Bay

I really enjoy teaching painting at my classes and demonstrations and, with this painting called Evening Glow over Dymchurch Bay, I recorded on video how I created the painting and posted it on my channel on You Tube.  This is now available to view.  The painting itself is still drying but will be available to purchase shortly at £450.  I do hope you enjoy the video!  I’d appreciate hearing your feedback.

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DSWF- Wildlife Artist of the Year competition 2017

” In the Shadows”
  It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce to all my collectors and friends from around the world that my painting called ” In the Shadows has been juried into the final of the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, being run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
  It, along with the other finalists will be on show at the famous Mall Galleries in London between Tuesday 27th June until Sunday 2nd July.
30 % of the sale of this painting will go towards wildlife conservation needs.
It has been a few years since I have entered this competition and its nice to be back in the final and the show once more. I so look forward to seeing all my many friends again at the preview evening in June. – please sign up for my free newsletter
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Three Little Piggies

As it’s now springtime, I’d thought I’d celebrate with a special offer on a one-off, original oil painting!  This painting, of three little piglets chasing across a farmyard, is so full of joie de vivre that it seemed the ideal choice that perfectly compliments the change in the season.  I do so enjoy painting piglets, they are just so mischievous and have such endearing characters.

The painting was £850.  For a limited time only it’s £600.  BUY NOW

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Romney Marsh Moods

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Romney Marsh Moods… An En Plein Air winter experience

I love to paint En Plein Air and, as such, I’ve recently been painting on Dymchurch beach every day (weather permitting!), capturing the spectacular sunrises across Hythe Bay. In the early mornings, in particular, I am very often the only person on the beach with just our dogs for company. They are very patient, waiting for me whilst I paint before continuing with our walk! I’m calling this series ‘Romney Marsh Moods’ as the clear light and the huge, open skies of the Romney Marsh mean that no sunrise is the same, reflecting the ever-changing moods of the Marsh. The fantastic colours in the sky and the shifting cloud formations make every day a new painting challenge but each winter sunrise is unique and painting them is always a joy.

Currently available in the 5″ x 7″ format, a new range of 8″ x 10″ will be available very shortly. £80 unframed/£110 framed.

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To view all Romney Marsh Moods that are on offer at this time please click link below.

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In the shadows


In the Shadows

Oil on canvas  36″ x 24″

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This painting is a reminder an encounter myself and Catherine had with a male lion in the late afternoon during a trip to the Southern Luangwa River in 2008.  Lying under a bush by the river in the shadows, I took some shots and did some sketches of the big cat.  The lion, known locally as ‘Grumpy’, was one of three brothers who controlled the area. Not long after our encounter with ‘Grumpy’ we got stuck in the soft sand along the river and it took us over half an hour to dig ourselves out.  As we were digging, Grumpy walked past very close to us, forcing us to beat a very hasty retreat into the jeeps!


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A Christmas Advent Offer

During December at the gallery I shall be offering a selected painting with a huge 40% discount each day of ADVENT.


Starting today the 1st of December a painting that I choose will be offered for sale in this way. I will post the days selection on this blog and on Facebook, so you can see the image I am offering and buy it at the sale price if you so desire.

Remember they are on offer for one day only, not repeated and the price will return to normal the next day.

email me if you wish to own the offered image. and state the exact image you are wishing to purchase.

I shall leave this offer open on today and tomorrow and will conclude at the end of December 2nd. Better still pop into the gallery and see what is on offer.

Last image will be Christmas eve…. Looking forward to the next image tomorrow


Normally £ 650.00  for 24 hours only £ 390.00

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Sunsetting Across Winter Snow.


Sunsetting across winter snow

I just wanted to share my latest image from last week. It is a study of a winter sky across the hills toward Lympne from Pedlinge. A 16″ x 16″ oil on panel and below are the five stages that i recorded during its making. I wanted to indicate to you the way that I approached this painting in these stages. I will be studying it myself over this coming week to see if I wish to add to the work before I sign and call it finished. I do hope that you like the work.

I will post a better image of the final stage as and when I have it.

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Cornish Painting Trip


My very first painting adventure in Cornwall.

15 paintings and several sketches made in 5 days.

Its taken a few weeks since my first trip into the South-West to put together all the paintings,  to photograph, frame and hang them. Not to mention add them to my online shop as products for sale, finally adding them to this new post, the first for a little while.

The 10th of October saw me drop my youngest son Barnaby off to university in Falmouth to study underwater and conservation photography . It gave me a fantastic opportunity to realise a long time ambition to paint in the wonderful county of Cornwall. Its wild landscape and rugged coastline has inspired me for many years without the opportunity to record it along with my thoughts in oil. So I decided to spend five days out from my gallery in Hythe to do just that.

Here are the paintings


Porthleven Sunset

Plein air oil on panel 7″ x 16″

This is the first image of my trip, after I set up my tent on a hill high above Porthleven ,I went exploring and found this exciting first glimpse of the dramatic coastlines in store for me to see.

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Lizard Point

Plein air oil on panel 10″ x 8″

This is the first of three images on the Lizard peninsula that i made on the Sunday. I hate heights so it took a lot for me to paint this image to begin with.

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Lizard Harbour

Plein air oil on panel 7″ x 16″

This is the second painting from the Lizard, this time at the waters edge and the tiny harbour for the small fishing boats. I was also inspected by a large Atlantic Grey Seal whilst painting.

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Keyence Cove

Plein air oil on panel 10″ x 8″

The final painting made on my first day a mile or two from the Lizard. Keyence cove I am told, is reputed as one of the prettiest coves in Cornwall. I so enjoyed this painting despite the great height again.

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St Michaels Mount from Marazion ( Windy Evening)

Plein air oil on panel 8″ x 10″

This was the first of three images of this iconic landmark. The wind was full on and I used one hand to hold onto my pochade setup, not an easy painting to make.

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St Michaels Mount from Marazion ( Stormy Afternoon)

Plein air oil on panel 8″ x 10″

This work was made in two parts along the seafront at Marazion. As a huge thunder storm made its presence felt in the middle of it. with little shelter and my coat draped over the pochade box and painting giving them protection, I got increasingly wet. I later rushed to pack and returned an hour later to complete this study.

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Sennen Cove

Plein air oil on panel 8″ x 10″

I went here to paint Sennen Cove one afternoon. It was a delight and the only issue is painting upon the rocks. I got a good soaking from a wave and it knocked over my pochade causing some damage.

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st-michaels-mount-from-perrennuthnoe-pa-12-9-16001St Michaels Mount from Perranuthnoe.

 Plein air oil on panel 7″ x 16″

This painting was made from the other side of the mount and roughly where the great Fred Cuming RA stood to paint it for his video in 2010. It was a cloudy day that would eventually turn out to be very unpleasant in the afternoon, evening and night This was due to heavy storms, and I spend the night in my car…..

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Porthleven Harbour

Plein air oil on panel 8″ x 10″

This is an evening painting of Porthleven harbour, and these two fishing boats beached on the ebbing tide. I was a peaceful end to the day.

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Mousehole Harbour

Plein air oil on panel 7″ x 16″

The first one in Mousehole harbour, a destination I’d long wanted to paint.

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 Mousehole Key

Plein air oil on panel 7″ x 16″

The second on this day at Mousehole harbour enjoying the tidal ebb on the Key side

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Botallack Mines

Plein air oil on panel 10″ x 8″

The first of two on my last day in West Cornwall, the famous Botallack Mines deep into Poldark country. High on the cliff top, but an experience  I had to enjoy and a scene that I had to paint.

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Plein air oil on panel 8″ x 10″

The last of my paintings of Mousehole on this trip, a second visit on this sunlit morning. followed by a cuppa and catch up with Ken Howard RA and his lovely wife Dora Bertollutti in Ken’s studio in Mousehole.

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Botallack Sunset

Plein air oil on panel 8″ x 10″

This was a fast work as the last of the light ebbed away and left me in a quiet place on top of the cliff. The sunset was just beautiful to behold.

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Porthcurnick Beach

Plein air oil on panel 8″ x 10″

This painting was made just before I left Cornwall for the 7.5 hour drive home. I loved this little cove, stunning and so peaceful, near to Portscatho.

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Below are some thumbnails of a few of my works now in frames, just to give you an idea of how well they look framed. Each in a handmade and painted frame. Very individual and personal to each image. The prices include these frames, and free shipping within the UK. Please email me for overseas shipping costs. Remember if you like one of my painting and wish to own it, don’t delay as there is only one of them. Just hit the link and you’ll be taken to my online shop where you can buy the work.

I do offer    interest free payments over 6 months on my work i.e. 20% deposit and the balance divide for five further payments. All recorded and you get the work when the last payment is received.

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Two from Tuesday evening

Hi everyone….Lower Sands  PA 5.7.16001

Just wanted to post two images that I rushed over to the beach to make on Tuesday evening. I know that they have been on Instagram, but both images, well the painting of them gave me such a buzz that I really wanted to blog about them.

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The time was 8pm and my wife ran into my office to let me know that that sun was looking great as it was setting. I took one quick  look and then jumped into my car, drove to the beach and excitedly set up to work. The two images are shown in order as they were made. I turned toward the very last of the available light just after 9.15 and worked furiously.


The light was going so fast. This was the time that I really appreciated something that I try to drum into all my students, and that is keeping an ordered approach to setting out my palette. I knew exactly where to find the colour I needed even though I could hardly see it. The hard part was the tones that I needed.

IMG_7709 In the end I had to hope that the mixes I had been making were indeed the correct ones for the passages I was laying down on the panel.

I finally finished at 22.15, tired, but so very happy with my efforts. I was so worth getting out at such short notice, and had it not been for Catherine I would certainly have missed the opportunity to create this work. I can’t wait to do it again.

IMG_7712You can see just how difficult it was in the end….. Flash needed to take a picture.

Tomorrow is Sunday and I am planning to be up at 4am to capture the sunrise…. weather permitting.

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Drum Horse Adamas painting on show in London.


This is my latest painting of ‘Adamas’ the latest drum horse on his tour of duty with he Household Cavalry . The Osbourne Gallery in Motcomb Street, London displayed the work on behalf of the Household Cavalry fund’s Motcomb Street party on Wednesday evening.

The painting seems to have gone down very well with all concerned and I will be adding more images of this kind very soon.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations 2016

Adamas is the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s newest drum horse;
this year was his second Queen’s Birthday Parade;
and in April 2016 he was on parade when the Household Cavalry received the Freedom of the City of London.
Adamas finished his training in 2012,
parading first with the Band of The Life Guards for the State Visit of the Emir of Kuwait in Windsor.
While his stable name is Churchill, his parade name is Adamas,
which means diamond in Greek. This name was officially given to him by
The Queen in November 2012 in recognition of her Diamond Jubilee.

from an original oil painting by
Paul Apps U.A.

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