Collection 1

The Donkey Ride,

 the Foreshore

South Bay Scarborough

Taken and painted with a background of the Foreshore Road.

I wanted to show the vibrant infrastructure of the buildings, with Castle Hill setting off the scene. 

I love scenes when there is much action going on, often filled with people and in this case Donkeys, some standing others on the move.

Like so many paintings I’m never certain that

‘I can pull it off’, people not a problem, but this was a first for Donkeys !


By ‘Planet” to the Constellations

No 9 ‘Planet’ was engineered by Robert Stephenson as a much improved version of his engine the ‘Rocket’.  The replica was photographed by me on a visit to the NYMR.

 To create a ‘Modern Art’ painting I originally envisioned the ‘Planet’ to burst through a colourful background. 

Then I considered a better option to be travel to the constellations with a ‘semi controlled’ sky.


High and Dry, Brancaster Staithe

About twenty years ago we had several holidays in North Norfolk. As stated about another location I found several staithes most interesting and a delight to photograph.

Once busy harbours, the sea over time has receded and at low tide the boats are left stranded upon the mud.

Often as I think in this case, images which I have painted have become historic with the development of the quays.

Wet mud and shallow water !




Market Day Leyburn.

Market day relieves the attractive town square of its’ usual complement of parked cars for the more visually interesting market stalls. 

Even so to fill my requirement of buildings, stalls and busy people takes some time to find. 

To make the picture work there is a delineation between the more impressionistic treatment of the action and static nature of the buildings.

Briggate from Boar Lane Junction Leeds (c) 1930’s

Painted in 1984 this is probably one of my best known paintings with several prints of it including one by the Yorkshire Evening Post. 

When I returned to Leeds about 1970 the last tram had run in 1959.  Leeds was being transformed but buildings previously blackened were being cleaned.

Nostalgia set in, so I started to collect reference material to revive and paint the Leeds I had known, reconstructing scenes (see my introduction). 

Often the first question asked is “how long did it take?” If I knew that I probably wouldn’t do them.

Tornado awaiting the ‘off’ Grosmont NYMR

As usual I took several photos of the train in the station and moving off. 

As I like to include infrastructure in my compositions plus people this image was chosen. 

Working now usually with acrylics,  thinned down applications of white created the steaming effects over the previously painted and dried foliage.

North Landing Flamborough from the Car Park


A most attractive cove in the cliffs just north of Flamborough Head. 


The cobles, people on the beach and on the opposing cliff tops are useful in quantifying the scale, as well as giving a life to the scene. 


These elements are all important parts of the composition.


The rich colours of the clifftop vegetation are accentuated by the tiny white dots.




Which way to the Stars

This study commenced with the three intersecting circles.

I have always been mystified and intrigued with the way rocketry is sent to intercept rotating bodies in our own planetary system. Obviously rockets don’t travel in a straight line and the object they wish to possibly land on, circle or flyby is travelling fast in a circular or elliptical orbit.

So how do these clever people plan the trajectory to the planets or the stars ?

These thoughts sparked this composition. 

Church and Pond, Brompton by Sawdon

A more impressionistic watercolour of a scene walked and visited on several occasions. Loose paintings such as these give a much different ambience to a location.

Since beginning my recovery from the cancer, I have started to paint again and doing experiments only with acrylics.

As it is several years since using watercolours. I often wonder how I did things in that medium and must do more. Can’t do everything!

Brompton by Sawdon has had its moments in history. Sir George Cayley designed the first glider to actually send a human, reportedly his coachman aloft. Also William Wordsworth (The poet) married his childhood friend Mary Hutchinson at Brompton All Saints church.

Landing Stages Derwent Island Cumbria.

Some years ago when I was rather younger we often stayed at a caravan site on the shores of Derwent Water. 

I even bought an inflatable dinghy, a Tinker Tramp with mast, oars, rudder etc.  I was a terrible sailor but good with the oars. 

With our Border Collie, Pip in charge as Captain I managed to get some good photos including this early one morning.