Can Less Really Be More In Art ?

The White Horse by John Constable

My compositional choices and what I choose to paint are very clear, to only include what’s absolutely necessary. I only paint what is needed; subjects that add to the aesthetic of the piece. I use my artistic licence to ignore the unnecessary or mundane objects or subjects within an image. So I create paintings that […]

Traditional v Contemporary – What’s Your Choice?

The traditional image of a beach hut for most people would be the beautiful shabby chic candy striped huts, taking us back to the Edwardian era in a tide of nostalgia, when changing in public was frowned upon so councils provided these wonderful little huts often with matching deck chairs, for people to change into […]

Is Art More Powerful Than Photography?

As an artist who has always had an interest on the progression of photography and printing and how it has developed I thought it was interesting to recently read about the increase in fine art on magazine covers rather than the traditional photographs. Fashion magazines have obviously been featuring photographs on their covers for decades […]

Can Gardening Really Help Your Mental Health?

Discussing our mental health has become a hugely talked about issue in recent times, especially during lockdown and with Mental Health Awareness’s theme of nature this year. So I felt it was a good time to share some of my experiences about how nature and my little garden has helped me to keep on the […]

Influencers – You Know What They Say About Genius’s !

Architecture is another art form which has always fascinated me and in particular the extraordinary architectural master of Art Nouveau, Gaudi.  His monuments in Barcelona have become iconic elements of Catalan culture and had a massive impact on me when I first saw his amazing work. Gaudi was a pioneer of design, he moved away […]

Geometry & Perspective In Art With The Father of Modern Art – Paul Cezanne

Continuing my theme of artist influencers another hugely important artist for me is Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) , the artist many dubbed the ‘Father of Modern Art’. Cezanne moved through and alongside the Impressionists but eventually broke away with his unique vision in art and due to this new, almost sculptural approach to painting, became an […]

My Artist Influencers- David Hockney

As a painter naturally I have an innate interest in other artist’s work. Whether simply admiring their talent or being subconsciously influenced by their style it has all contributed to the formation of my artistic taste. Over the next blogs, I am going to write about those artists whose work is definitely on my list […]

Old & Tired But Still Colourful – Wilton’s Music Hall

My latest painting just had to be painted mainly because of the insane number of colours crammed into such a small space and because it was a challenge to see if I could paint something so far out of my comfort zone.  I trained as a scientist, so my natural instinct is to be analytical […]

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 139th Annual Show

The exciting announcement that the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts will be proceeding with their 139th Annual exhibition surely gives us the perfect opportunity to look at some of the masters of Irish art and how their work has influenced the history of art through the years. Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was born to an English […]

Return of the Art Exhibitions — Or Is a Virtual Tour Just As Good?

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA)

So far most of this year has been surreal but with a positive head on let’s start celebrating the return of the art exhibition. We can all benefit from enjoying art, it helps us return to normality and of course to helps all the artists struggling during this time. Curators, artists, and galleries are all […]