November 3, 2011

Sometimes in a moment of reflection, I look at one of my wall mounted paintings and ask myself “why did I paint that?” Usually, the only good reason I can come up with is “because I wanted to paint it at the time”.

This begs the question “why do I paint?” The sheer enjo...

March 2, 2011

The current political awakening of the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East is an important historic milestone. This powerful movement is sweeping away long established and entrenched dictators and their corrupt henchmen. Unfortunately, it is being achieved at a...

January 5, 2011

With the recent deep snow falls and low temperatures over Christmas, my normal activities were temporarily suspended. One day, while enjoying a cup of tea and dreamily looking out the window, the wonder of the snow covered natural world suddenly jolted my imagination.

A...

June 14, 2010

Exhibiting at the Portico Library and Gallery in Manchester got me thinking about the relationship between the painter and the writer.

Painting is a universal "language" understood by all humans. Serious painters think of the visual effect that the finished work will ha...

February 2, 2010

Some of the latest published research on brain function (Iain McGilchrist – The Master and his Emissary - 2009 Yale University Press) suggests that the two hemispheres of an individual brain have evolved to operate partly in conflict with each other. Strange thing huma...

October 7, 2009

I read somewhere recently that it has been found to take a minimum of 10,000 hours of intensive application to master a skill. The article related to the playing of music by the Beatles. By the time the Band had a first hit record in the UK the writer was suggesting th...

March 5, 2009

Last week we held the UK book launch for ‘Ross – A Journey into Art’, along with an exhibition of my paintings, at the Art Décor Gallery in Whalley. The book launch was a great success for us, followed the next evening by a charity event in aid of Westholme School. Tha...