Nothing new to show yet, as I’m currently working on 3 new paintings of Rosedale. It takes me about a month to finish a painting, working in oil paint, in layers so the colours don’t get muddied… So here’s one from a few years ago.

I’ve loved being on Sandsend beach this summer…

Loftus has been good too. Paul Miller told me about a poppy field he could see from across the valley, and he sent me a photo so I could find it. His photograph inspired this painting (now sold), a visit to the field, and more paintings of poppies…

Thank you to all who came to see Ailsa and me (and all the other artists!) at Staithes Art Festival. As always there was a very good atmosphere, hundreds of artists and thousands of art lovers, mostly sunny, with a few showers only to give us stunning rainbows. The volunteers who organise the festival deserve great praise.

Staithes Art Festival is happening this weekend. I’m sharing a space with Ailsa Nicholson, a fabulous fused glass artist and a very good friend. If you’re in North Yorkshire, do pop in.



Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage is next weekend. Over 100 artists and their work, lots of food stalls, light shows and more. I’ll be in Cottage 4a, near the footbridge, on the way to the lifeboat, with the wonderful Ailsa Nicholson and her fabulous glass work. Preview is Friday 8 September, 7pm to 8.30pm. The festival goes on all weekend Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September. Artists venues are open from 10am til 5.30pm, or later.
This is one of the paintings I’ll be showing, if it dries by next weekend. It was finished weeks ago, but slow drying oil paint dries, as you might expect, rather slowly…

Poppy Field II. Oil on canvas, 100x120cm.

The second painting of Whitby seen from Sandsend is the view from Lythe bank, that steep and twisting road. I’m hoping a third painting of Whitby from Sandsend will be finished for Staithes Art Festival. I’m working on it…

There was a magnificent field of red poppies near Loftus this year. Someone who could see it from their farm told me about it, knowing I would be interested… I love it. I think this is the first time I’ve used red as a pure colour in an oil painting. It will be exhibited at Staithes Art Festival (8 to 10 September 2017).
PS. This painting was sold at Staithes Festival. (I am so lucky that some people collect my work even when their walls are full. Thank you, J&J!)

Only one week before the annual Whitby Art Fair! At Whitby Spa Pavilion, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June, 10am til 4pm.
About 40 artists will take part, including me! And the Whitby Gazette did a nice feature.

PS. Thank you to all who came to the art fair!