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Sketching at Whitby- 3rd February

February 4, 2016

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A great day sketching in a bitter NW wind. Four Purple Sandpipers were on the West Pier. Challenging conditions, especially with sea spray constantly coating my telescope lens and glasses! Feeling bitterly cold.

Ruffled feathers

January 27, 2016


Lapwing feeding.

North York Moors today

January 15, 2016

My favourite weather.

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Hawfinch at St Hilda’s church, Ampleforth

December 21, 2015

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Lovely to have a Hawfinch near to home again. I hope to spend much more time with this charismatic bird over the next few weeks. When I sketch a Hawfinch it feels like drawing a cartoon bird with its large head, huge beak and beady eye. The head is packed with muscle which operates the beak to crush hard seeds and fruit stones such as cherry to extract the kernels.

Bridge Street Gallery, Helmsley exhibition, 14th- 28th November

November 4, 2015

A new collection of about thirty paintings, mainly based on observations and sketches made in North Yorkshire. Please email for an invitation to the private view on Saturday 14th November 11am- 2pm.

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New exhibition at West Barn, Bradford on Avon- 24th/25th October

October 20, 2015

My annual Bradford on Avon exhibition selling original watercolours, prints and cards will be open daily 10am-5pm. Here are a few more of the paintings showing.

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West Barn, Bradford on Avon. 24th/25th October

October 4, 2015

Open daily 10am- 5pm. About 35 new paintings, prints and cards. See website for further details. All pictures below will be available. If you would like an invitation to the private view on Friday 23rd October 6- 8pm please email

Swifts over Ampleforth

Seven swifts

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Fast charcoal sketches of swifts in flight.

Fast charcoal sketches of swifts in flight.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

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