Kissyfish

So when we come to the end of time and approach the pearly gates, we need to have a good excuse for St Peter, if we are not to be sent packing. He might look at me and at the end of pages of blacklisting, peer at me and say: “Why should you come in … More Kissyfish

Tribute

Let’s suppose there is a kingdom beyond this one we know, where instead of a ruling power there is a kind of beingness. There we might sit down together and notice the things that move us deeply within as well as without. Here we might pay tribute to the ordinary as extraordinary and the unnoticed … More Tribute

Alchemy

As painters we are alchemists. We concoct, mix, heat and muddle a range of different colours and mediums in search of our very own philosophers stone. Sometimes sparks fly and powers rage as we dabble with the gods in our search for gold. Time and again we muster the courage to go forward only to … More Alchemy

Potful

I love the oddity of painting flowers that do not go into a vase but rather surround it as an immanence. Flowers are magical reminders of our colourful nature. I am an artistic anarchist in the sense that I like to be work with beauty inside out so to speak and like to use flowers … More Potful

Vase

I have always loved vases since Picasso and then Morandi introduced them to me as ways of speaking of the otherness of things. A vase in a painting is never only a vase. It can be an entrance, an opulence, a brittleness and always something else as well as a vase. For me ‘Vase’ came … More Vase

Grail

From the mysteries of time the grail has been a symbol offering sacred knowledge. It is to sit with the gods at the high table and celebrate the grail’s nature that is the goal of spiritual seekers. The Grail legend proliferates throughout many lands with a story of this search and Parzival is the hero … More Grail

Conversation

Early on I noticed that not only people have conversation. Sometimes seemingly innocent objects plonked next to each other strike up a conversation. Paying attention to the unspoken conversations in life is the gift of the artist. A bucket of a vase can suddenly make the artist aware of splendidly beautiful filigrees of time happening … More Conversation

Vase

When I painted ‘Vase’ decades ago I though painting had to be wrestled to the ground, stabbed with a palette knife and ground into submission with oil, impasto paint and survival of the fittest. If it didn’t have at least 6 layers and 25 tubes of paint then it couldn’t hold its head up as … More Vase

Birdwatch

In the old days, archeologists dug deep into caverns vast and wide looking for treasure. Once found the treasure was cleaned up and put on view for inspection and contemplation. These days painting can do a similar thing on the inside. We painters dig and delve into places inside that sometimes reek and scare, in … More Birdwatch