Drawing of a shadow box setup

Shadow Boxing

My still life paintings are set up in various ways, using one of two shadow boxes, one left handed and one right handed. It is then possible to have the still life objects lit from the left or the right. The spotlight is movable and can also be adjusted for height, so I can have…

A black cat sits on a sofa.

Country Kitchen

My sister in law, Judy, has an older-style Queensland house with a country kitchen. Whenever I visit, I sketch, and over the years I’ve painted just about all the house. There are lots of good angles and quiet corners. The house has a warm, friendly feeling. In my paintings from Judy’s house I’ve tried to…

Red flowers

Fresh Flowers

I paint on weekdays, but Saturday is my gardening day. I have always been a keen gardener and these days I’m often growing things to paint. Brisbane is sub tropical and I can grow plants all year round, though the plants grow slowly in our mild winters. It’s a constant battle with the wildlife: possums,…

Russian freighter

Magic Memories

I have always loved boats. When I was eight years old, I came out from the UK on a big boat, through the Panama canal, calling at Pitcairn Island. It was a magic journey, especially for an eight year old. I still have the much loved sailor doll they gave to all the small girls…