2016 retrospective

Painted end of 2015

Sold early 2016 and paid for my trip to San Francisco and New York! 

Working on my ‘Rock in the sea’ paintings in February

Some huge pieces on unstretched jute in March

‘Tis calm indeed’ and ‘Moon rising’ from my Spring residency at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales 

The huge, rather surreal piece on unstretched jute ‘Clouds’ from May

The 5 piece orange and blue and black canvases – can’t remember their titles! June

The two big (120cm sq) pieces, ‘Stateside’ made in anticipation of my  big US trip in June

Small works on paper (these 2 are ‘Berkeley’ & ‘5th Avenue’) made on the go during my fantastic, life changing USA adventure in June and July

Some of the big bold pieces I made in July as soon as I got back from New York 

‘The path’ & ‘Convergence’

August works in the back kitchen in Wales

‘The dance’ & ‘Columba’ also from August in Wales

Works from my second residency in Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales in September 



Looking forward to 2017


Landmarks series

I have just finished these 3


On the ‘drying wall’ in my studio
The stark light patches are both disrupting and essential ingredients in my studio life! I have an ambiguous love affair with skylights


Landmark 1 / the path
120 x 80cm



Details from Landmark 1/ the path


Landmark 2 / shadows
60cm sq



Details from Landmark 2/ shadows


Landmark 3 / lightshaft
80cm sq



Details from Landmark 3 / lightshaft

1.In November 2014 I visited Ceide Fields – a neolithic site in North Mayo where they have discovered 52 miles of stone boundary walls from a farming settlement over 5000 years old. 
2. This year I am lucky enough to be heading to San Francisco and New York to visit some major art galleries exibiting the works of the American Abstract Expressionists and I am particularly looking forward to seeing some of Richard Diebenkorn’s paintings in ‘the flesh’

I have come to realise  recently how much it helps me to know something about the history or interests of an artist in order to more fully appreciate their work. That’s not to undermine in any way the importance of the solely visual impact. And I definitely don’t like the verbiage and arts peak that goes into many ‘artists statements’. I’m searching for a middle ground and would welcome comments