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Wednesday 11th March 2020Madeira - Tyne Valley Express Feature

 Thank you, Tyne Valley Express magazine for this article about my work and time in Madeira, and the painting of the same name - 'Madeira' - such a beautiful island. Prints are available online or from my Prudhoe gallery.
 
 
 

Posted on March 11th 2020 on 03:36pm
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Friday 06th March 2020Moorhouse - Work in Progress

My latest work in progress features Moorhouse, above Catton in Allendale.
 
This time last year, I was going for a blood transfusion in Hexham hospital. My good friend Chaz asked me I wanted to go anywhere, and we drove to Moorhouse and discovered these cottages. The photographs were quite inspiring and may lead to further paintings in due course. 
 
 
We also went to Limestone Brae, which also resulted in the painting below. Prints of 'Limestone Brae' are available and you are welcome to come into the gallery to see 'Moorhouse' develop. 
 
 

Posted on March 06th 2020 on 01:34pm
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Friday 06th March 2020Sunset, Dharamkot, India

This is my latest painting, featuring a view from the foothills of the Himalayas - 'Sunset, Dharamkot, India'. Dharamkot overlooks the bustling town of McCleod Ganj, where the Dalai Lama is exiled to. I lived in this area for some time and got to know the small villages and people well.
 
 
I’ve visited this area repeatedly since 1979 and this is the most recent work in the series. This painting is available as an original or print.

Posted on March 06th 2020 on 01:14pm
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Wednesday 04th March 2020Inspiration: Andrew Wyeth, 'Christina's World'

Interesting ideas about the work of one of my favourite artists, Andrew Wyeth, and the composition of his painting ‘Christina’s World,’ shown here. Click on the image of the painting to bring up the link to the video, or click here.
 

Posted on March 04th 2020 on 02:18pm
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Thursday 13th February 2020Madeira

‘Madeira’ is the result of my first visit to the island with my partner, Alison, in 2018. It’s an extraordinary island. Just 14 x 70 miles in size, it’s packed with zones of different terrains. The light is clean and bright and everything from bananas to bougainvillea grows in the fertile land.‬
 

Posted on February 13th 2020 on 03:55pm
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Thursday 13th February 2020Red Grooves, New Original and Print

This old house sits in Teesdale, between Westgate and Langdon Beck. 'Red Grooves' is surrounded by drift mines and backed by a long, deep scar that could have been formed by a melting glazier. It could either have been a farmhouse (there are crumbling remains of outbuildings too) or a mining manager’s house, as iron ore, coal and lead were all mined in that area. Both original and print are for sale.
 

A little further down the valley lies Flushimere and Flushimere House, which I have also painted.

Posted on February 13th 2020 on 03:44pm
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Thursday 30th January 2020Tyne Valley Express Feature

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express for this piece about my work and my appearance on BBC's Countryfile.
 
 
 

Posted on January 30th 2020 on 01:03pm
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Thursday 19th December 2019The Blanchland Murder

Belmount Farm is a building I have painted three times now. Two paintings feature a window and one the entire farm, see below. This gently crumbling building was the site of a mysterious and extremely bloody murder, exactly 120 years ago to New Year's day 2020. 
 

 
On New Year's Day 1880, the 'Blanchland Murder’ took place.  Robert Snowball, the master of the house, was hit in the head from behind, so brutally that his teeth were knocked out and the hammer was half embedded in his skull. This is his gravestone.

 

 

No one was ever convicted of the murder, though his elderly father, housekeeper Jane Barron and her beau were all questioned. Jane was accused and acquitted, there was very little evidence, and she left Belmount Farm to take a job in the Northumbrian borders.
 
This shocking murder has left, for me, no residue of trauma in the building – and I was blissfully ignorant of all this at the time that I visited the farmhouse. All three paintings are available as prints and two as originals.

Posted on December 19th 2019 on 10:03am
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Thursday 05th December 2019Great Whittington Fell - Progression

'Great Whittington Fell' is the painting Countryfile filmed me painting, and they asked to see this progressive sequence of the work developing. The window is probably an old pantry window and the abandoned building is just north of Corbridge and Stagshaw, near the Errington Cofffee House.
 
 
The image on the left is the finished painting and print. In fact, when I returned to Great Whittington Fell with Countryfile for the filming, in the strong light of day, I saw that the stone had a slightly greener tinge, and I needed to rework it. The painting and prints are now on show in my gallery in Prudhoe.

Posted on December 05th 2019 on 02:27pm
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Saturday 30th November 2019Countryfile - Great Whittington Fell

This is the painting that will feature on Countryfile tomorrow at 17.20pm - Great Whittington Fell.  The Countryfile team filmed me exploring the abandoned building, near Corbridge.
 
 
This is the Countryfile website right now, which outlines the show tomorrow.
 
 
 
 

Posted on November 30th 2019 on 03:04pm
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