Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists' elected Members and Associates exhibition opens Thursday 21 November. Private View 6-8pm

I'm exhibiting two pieces in this exhibition which opens tomorrow in the RBSA Gallery, St Paul's Square, Birmingham.

All welcome to the private view 6-8pm.

I'm exhibiting two pieces.   One is an oil painting 'Across the plain at Ronda' inspired by a week sketching there in July.The other is an etching entitled, 'Moon and Magnolia' inspired by seeing my magnolia tree at 3 am on a moonlit night.

Monday, 16 September 2019

The Wolverhampton Society of Artists' Centenary Book launch (August 19th 2019)

I was at the launch, in Wolverhampton’s Mayor’s Parlour, of Wolverhampton Society of Artists’ book which celebrates 100 years of this excellent society. The book features images of the art and details about each artist’s work. 
As a member of the Book Committee I worked with the team over about 18 months to get this book together. My particular responsibility was the text and it was fascinating to hear each artist’s different story. The photography is by Chris Manley, book layout and production by Anthony Clemson and project management by Neil Davies.

It’s a beautiful and fascinating book.

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My entry in the book

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The WSA Book Committee with the Mayor

The WSA Book Committee, The Mayor, President, WSA Chair

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Birmingham Art Circle - group exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists gallery, St Paul's Square from 23 September to 5 October 2019

I'm taking part in this group exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, St Paul's Square, 4 Brook St, Birmingham B3 1SA

Birmingham Art Circle and the Shapeshifters Sculpture Group are sharing the gallery for this new exhibition.

23 September to 5 October

Wolverhampton Open Studios - Saturday 12 October

I am participating in Wolverhampton Open Studios again this year on Saturday 12 October.

If you are interested in coming along to see some of my etchings, etching plates, lino prints and oil paintings in my Bradmore studio please contact me by email on and I will give you further information.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Making the etching print Borderlands...

Making and printing the Borderlands etching

Etching plate ready to etch.  The copper sulphate/saline solution will 'bite' the uncovered areas creating grooves and pits which will later hold ink.  The red 'ground' protects the rest of the metal.

The etching plate in the mordant (biting solution). You can see that the exposed areas of the plate turn black.

The finished plate
The metal plate then has ink rubbed into the grooves, it is placed on the etching plate,  damp paper is placed on top and then protected by newsprint and blankets, the star wheel is turned so the plate goes between the rollers and the print is created.
The finished print.

Fabulous opening night of Summer Show at Ironbridge Fine Arts, Ironbridge, Shropshire

Wow! What a night!

A warm sunny evening, live band, copious soft drinks, prosecco, a barrel of Holdens' Golden and a stream of lovely people.

The exhibition only went up in the afternoon but there were 4 red dots on my framed etching landscapes by 7pm when the private view started.

The exhibition runs until the end of August  note that the gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays - scroll down to see details below.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Ironbridge Fine Arts Gallery - solo exhibition of etchings and linoprints Opening Friday 31 May 2019 and then on until 30 August

Solo Exhibition Of Landscape Etchings

Ironbridge Fine Arts Gallery

1 June-30 August 2019
Private view Friday 31 May 2019
Ironbridge Fine Arts Gallery, Merrythought Village, Ironbridge, TF8 7NJ
The gallery is situated alongside the River Severn and very close to the Museum of the Gorge in this amazing UNESCO World Heritage site. Parking in the car park next to the gallery.

Opening Hours
10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday
10am-3pm on Saturday

Please note that the gallery is closed Sundays and Mondays

Exhibiting seascapes in oils at Trent Art, Staffordshirem 3-31 May 2019.

Trent Art Gallery

Moving Boundaries

19 Brunswick Street,Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5 1HF
I have 4 oil paintings in this RBSA group exhibition at Trent Art Gallery entitled 'Moving Boundaries'. You can also view the work on-line.
Friday 3-31 May 2019

Sunday, 3 March 2019

RBSA Solo Show - Meet the Artist Day and live poetry event on Saturday 16 March 2019

Join us at the RBSA, where I have a solo show in the cafe space on the ground floor, for my 'Meet the artist day' on Saturday 16 March 2019.

There will also be a live poetry performance of poetry with links to the etchings I have on show.  Come to see Emma Purshouse and Jane Seabourne read and perform their poems - 2pm-2.30pm.  Suggested arrival time 1.30pm

New English Art Club NEAC at the Mall Galleries 2019

I haven't submitted artwork to the New English Art Club for their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries before.   This year I have entered two paintings which have got through the first (digital) round of judging - they have been 'pre-selected'. 

The next step is to take them to London to see if they will be selected in round 2.   If successful, then they may be hung in the gallery.

I must wait and see...

'Journeys' a Printmakers Council Exhibition opening 5 March 2019 at the London Print Studio Gallery - travelling next to Portsmouth Jack House Gallery

I'm taking part in this travelling exhibition organised by the Printmakers Council.   The theme is 'Journeys' and it is showing at the London Print Studio Gallery from 5-15 March 2019 and then travels to Jack House Gallery, Portsmouth where it is on from 19-30 March 2019.

A fascinating exhibition of small prints all printed on A4 paper interpreting the theme of 'Journeys' in many creative ways.

Mid Wales Arts Centre - Poems and Prints. 24 March-5 May

I have two etchings on show in this exhibition that poets have chosen to write about.  I can't wait to know what they have written!

Mid Wales Arts opens its doors for a new season at 3pm on Sunday March 24th with an exciting exhibition which is the brainchild of Andrew Baldwin, of Aberystwyth University. Andrew has developed a non-toxic alternative to traditional etching ground (called BIG) and is in much demand throughout the world for his ground as well as his prints.

The exhibition is on until 5 May.

Poetry Afternoon

To complement the exhibition Pat Edwards and Cathy Knapp have organised an afternoon on Sunday 31st March of poetry when invited poets will be reading their work alongside the prints that inspired them.
The day will start at 2pm. The exhibition and café will be open beforehand. To book please contact: 07970671819
Tickets £5 Refreshments available.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Inking and printing contemporary landscape etching - From hedgerow to hillside, The Wrekin, Shropshire

 Rubbing ink into the grooves and lines on the metal plate using a small rubber squeegee
 Wiping off the excess ink from the surface of the metal plate using yellow pages directory
Inked up etching plate on the press bed - final etching revealed by lifting up the paper

Friday, 15 February 2019

New website at

I've got a new website just launched!  It was designed by Jo Hounsome and I'm very pleased with it's more contemporary feel than my older one that I had had for some time.

Have a look at:

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Solo show at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists - 11 February to 31 March 2019

My etchings are at the framers and I'm excited and nearly ready for my solo show at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, St Paul's Square, Birmingham, B3 1SA.

All my prints in this exhibition are etchings but the subject matter is quite varied.  This is because I've been working with two poets, not to illustrate poetry but to create art that is inspired by it.

Here is an excerpt from Jane Seabourne's beautiful poem about trees...

Advice for Walking in Woods
‘Place the flat of your hand
on the first tree you meet
when you go through a wood.
Lay your life-line over
the bark. Let it cross-hatch.
Hold till you feel a bond.’…

I love trees too and I love the idea of laying your life-line over the bark and cross hatching and bonding with the tree.  I created this etching 'Through the trees'

Last year, I heard Emma Purshouse perform her poem about flamingos in captivity and was struck by the humour and the poignancy of the words

Flamingos in Dudley Zoo

…‘The pond by the gates, the faces,
The chair-lift soaring overhead,
us sky-watching, pale with envy.’…

To research for this poem I went to the zoo one cold, windy Autumn day. I went straight to  the flamingo pool near the main gate and it was empty! It started raining as I started to search for the temporary location of the flamingos.  I huddled as close to the building as I could to start drawing.  Of course they were moving, so I was drawing a head here, a leg there… Then the keeper arrived with two tubs of food and they plunged their heads into the tubs leaving only one view to draw!   Satisfied by their food, they preened their feathers, tucked their heads in and fell asleep.  Luckily, I had drawn enough heads, beaks, legs and bodies in my sketchbook and managed to use these to create my drawing.  This was the basis for my etching shown here printed in black ink and then re-printed with coloured inks.