Friday, 15 January 2021

Momento Mori

 I first thought of the idea for my new painting seventeen years ago when we were on a visit to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.

There was a canoe displayed with one persons lifetime treasures inside and apparently it stands as a kind of memorial for a their life. At the time I resolved that I would try and do something similar only I would swop the canoe for my 1931 Morris Minor!

Over the years that followed I've had several ideas how I could represent my life through objects which remind me of  family and feel I'm getting closer to what I want.

It's not that I think I'm going to die anytime soon, it's just that the Morris will be 90 years old this year and I want to mark that in some way.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Forever Christmas

 I've just displayed three new Christmas presents - a board game, a bowl of nuts and a black cat.

They have gone into the dolls house, which seems  to have evolved over the years into an art installation. Since I first started collecting items  to use in my painting 'Fools Gold' (which you can see in the PRINTS FOR SALE section of my website) I have used the house and its contents several times. Most recently in 'The Rashomon Effect' which can be viewed in the CONTACT US section. You can also see photographs of the actual house on my Facebook page

With  tree,  lights, decorations and wrapped presents, it is Christmas waiting to happen.

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Another Year

 Our Christmas card this year was of my painting 'Another Year'  (you can see it on the PRINTS FOR SALE page on my website).

Using the image of Ely Cathedral, the painting told of another terrible year which finished with a ray of hope. My mother and sister-in-law died within a week of each other and this is symbolised by the gathering dusk. The dawn welcomes the birth of two Coney granddaughters about a year later.

Lets hope the role- out of the new vaccines is the start of a better year for all of us.

Happy 2021 !

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Christmas Is For Giving

I was excited that the Cambridge Independent newspaper had agreed to do an article on my Virtual Tour and showed how serious they were by sending one of their photographers around to take pictures to go with the piece. He took shots of me with the Morris Minor and with my painting but  they never appeared!

This was disappointing as I wanted to do a big push before my  NHS Charities Together appeal finished at the end of the year. I'd hoped students and colleagues from my Cambridge days would know I was still alive and doing stuff, from the renewed publicity.

However, since then I've received two generous donations through the post, so I've not been forgotten completely.

Happy Christmas!

Thursday, 17 December 2020

The Caganer

 I've just been setting out my 60 piece nativity scene as part of our decorations for the festive season. New this year is a serpent and jackal to accompany King Herod - and a  Caganer.

My nephew sent me the Caganer from Spain . I've had one in the shape of a shepherd for ages but this statue is a celebrity - the painter, Manet. Apparently, it is a great honour to be chosen to take on this role and is an old Catalan tradition.

A Caganer symbolises good fortune to the agricultural community and should be placed at the back of a nativity scene to ensue a plentiful harvest in the following year.

I've been using  nativity figures recently in my current painting The Wasp and the Ring' to symbolise the birth of  a grandson. I used the holy family, with angels and  Herod's soldiers to represent the good and evil he will face in the future.

Friday, 11 December 2020

Forget- Me- Not

 In a normal year, this would have been my last weekend of tours for my pop-up gallery until April. Except ofcourse, there weren't any tours  because of the pandemic.

However, I promoted  my Virtual Tour instead - which you can still see, available from my website 

Looking back at my NEWS AND REVIEWS page I see that I had an article in Velvet magazine (I wonder what happened to that?) in the 2020 section in expectation of opening. I am photographed with my  painting 'Forget- Me -Nots'.

We certainly won't forget 2020, that's for sure.

Thursday, 3 December 2020


 At an art study day last year, the lecturer showed us a multi-panelled altar painting  and described it as a 'polytych'.

It made me think that my 37 panelled oil painting 'Limners' could be called the same.

As it's based on an advent calendar, I've just started opening it in the countdown to Christmas. You can see the picture on my website ( on the PRINTS FOR SALE page.  There is also a good story about it on the NEWS AND REVIEWS page if you scroll down to a feature in the Cambridge News from December 2005. It made the front page .