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Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) in flower, 2015

On a cold winter morning I was working in a Japanese garden in Surrey where I came upon a group of witch hazels. The winter sunlight was hitting the candy like petals and their hint of scent was on the air. It lifted my day and was the inspiration for this picture. I hope the picture is able to lift others and to inspire people to get outdoors even in winter.  Witch Hazel in Flower, 2015, oil on canvas, 126x 89cm part of my Flourishing Gardens series.

Witch Hazel in Flower (Hamamelis), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (Hamamelis), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (detail), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (detail), 2015

The Adventures of Jack

This is something new for me!

I have never illustrated a children’s book before, but recently author Lee Goldsmith asked if I would illustrate “The Adventures of Jack”.

It is a particularly touching story as Lee was inspired to write it by a young boy he knows who is deaf.

I created the pictures on an iPad, three of which can be seen below.

The Adventures of Jack
“Enter the exciting world of Jack and Harry as they battle the evil villain, Professor Bashir Beansprout. Meet a bad dog, a good cat and a confused fox. Let your favourite superheroes save the world and all because of a magical little earpiece.”

Suitable for ages 7-11.

The book is available as a paperback or as a Kindle edition.  Go to amazon.co.uk.

The Adventures of Jack

Adventures of Jack FINAL 10_copy

Exhibiting at gallery Prince and Pilgrim in Kew, London

I am delighted to be exhibiting at Prince and Pilgrim gallery with Marilyn Browning and Chloe Fremantle.   My “Flourishing Gardens” paintings complement the location perfectly with Kew Gardens on the door step!

Prince and Pilgrim, 8 Station Approach, Kew, TW9 3QB

 http://www.princeandpilgrim.com

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew