Recently I have been working on a new series of large scale works in graphite, using textures found in the landscape depicted, plus other items such as wallpaper and found objects.  As well as a myriad of available marks and textures, there is a wonderfully etherial quality once the graphite is blended, shaded and pulled back from the paper with an eraser.
I am now touring this as a demonstration and workshop to art groups, spreading the word and inspiring people to try this fantastic medium and funmethod of working.
Dramatic clouds above Harlech, Graphite on paper, 7 x 5"
Please click on the thumbnails below to view a larger selection of graphite works...


Painting has always been a passion and I enjoy experimenting with paint, colour, texture, scale, subject... having been brought up in the surroundings of the Derbyshire countryside my work tends to represent this magnificent and varied county.  Painting outdoors if possible, I also sketch when time allows.

Autumn Trees, Kenning Park, Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 24", recentdemonstration piece for an art group
A selection of works on canvas, in acrylic and oil paints.  Click on the thumbnails for a larger view

line and wash

Line and wash, or pen and wash, is the perfect hybrid medium for the artist.  Quick, lively and fun, draw what you like - paint what you like - there is no wrong or right with this medium and this is the way I draw most often when on location.  Put in what you like, ignore what you don't, use any colour you fancy and add as many fun marks and textures as you dare -the method helps work to remain fresh and spontaneous while still retaining the character of a place, allowing me to capture the essential features of a location.

This is another popular choice for demonstrations and workshops, and one which I am currently developing.

Ironbridge, pen and wash on watercolour paper, 7 x 11"

More examples of line and wash from my sketchbooks, please click on the thumbnails for a larger view...
And finally, some more recent works from my collection, some are now available to purchase on-line
"How Green is my Valley"
Acrylic on canvas, framed 25 x 30cm  £120

A study in greens, this is a view of the Welsh borders, so very similar in a lot of ways to Derbyshire with the lush valleys suddenly sloping upwards to vast moorland expanses.

"My Walking Buddy"
Acrylic on Board, framed 15 x 20cm  £120

If you see this little chap nearby you know you’re in the right place - I follow him everywhere over field and hill looking for that next lovely vista.

"Winter Sunlight, Stanage Edge"
Acrylic on Canvas, unframed 30 x 30cm  £180 SOLD

If you like walking around the edges of Sheffield, you will probably have been along the ridge at Stanage Edge.  A popular afternoon stroll, I often take a walk from above Hathersage and around North Lees, which affords super views up to the edge and also back down to the Hope Valley and the spire of Earls Cathedral.

"Out of Order"
Oil on Canvas, unframed 12" x 12"  £230

A pair of old phone boxes hiding  at Wingerworth, near Chesterfield.  All those negative shapes and textures, sliding purple slates and rotten wood, just what we artists love.

"The Road to Chapel"
Oil on Canvas, framed 30 x 24cm  £230

If you know this view, you'll know that to obtain this view you take your life in your hands.  That's the "Dragon's Back" on the horizon, and behind that Chinley Churn, near Hayfield, High Peak.

"Trees below Millstone Edge"
Oil on Canvas, unframed 16" x 20"  £290

A dull day above Hathersage  suddenly turned to fire as the late Autumn sunshine came out, illuminating the tree tops and throwing the lane into dark shadows.

"Winter contrasts, Castleton"
Oil on Canvas, unframed 16" x 16"  £340

Anybody who has lived in Castleton will know that in Winter time, the sun never shines as the village hides at the foot of a steep hill.  Venture out towards the fields though, and the contrast on a sunny day is stunning.

"Autumn reflections on the river Wye, Bakewell"
Acrylic on Canvas, framed 30 x 24cm  £190

One of my favourite subject combinations - trees, autumn colours and reflections.  Also available without frame, please enquire.

"Maritime Graveyard"
Acrylic on Canvas, unframed 16" x 16"  £230

As a Derbyshire landlubber this is bit of a departure for me, spotted these wonderful old boats on the river Orwell near Pin Mill, Suffolk, they were just crying out to be painted.

Evening in the Woods - SOLD
Old Barns, Brough

Acrylic on canvas, unframed 7 x 5"   £90

I painted these barns before they lost their roof slates - now all gone.

Summer marshes, Derbyshire - SOLD

This is a view up to the Ecton copper mine, near Warslow.  A very boggy field full of wild flowers including buttercups and the increasingly scarce  ragged robin.

Sheep, Foolow

Acrylic on framed canvas, 8 x 8" £140

A very frosty and cold day, I stopped on my way to work and took a series of photographs.  I might have made myself late, but it turned out to be a useful distraction.


Winter Sunlight, Ladybower

Acrylic on Canvas, Framed 12 x 12"   £210

Cold shadows lit briefly by the winter sun as it skates low on the horizon

Goddard's Quarry, Stoney Middleton

Acrylic on canvas   NFS

A very cool day above the old quarries, this was my favourite place to wander when I lived here, I would find myself sketching and painting the view many times.