Monday, November 13, 2017



Large hand painted FONTwork relief print, pigments in dispersion on very heavy handmade paper.

A feature work


Sent with full provenance | UK postage included

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Showbiz in the night | A fine mess

Showbiz in the night

Fleeting, transient moments witnessed on Dungeness beach. Resonating with the public to an extent that a painting is commissioned from a memory, a need.

This motif - Showbiz in the night  has struck a chord to such an extent with those that have seen the various drawings, printed or painted versions over the years that I am frequently asked to produce further developed works.

As Dungeness beach loses its working aspect either through the vagaries of the weather or because of erasure due to redevelopment I am moved to re-explore the beach in a painted form, as I first encountered and understood it.

Oil, pigments in dispersion on linen - Large feature paintings on deep stretchers

*The paintings above are in progress, both are currently reserved until the client makes a choice between them.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Misha - Hand coloured linocut print


'Playfulness is a serious game'

Hand coloured linocut print on un-bleached Arches heavy rag paper

Size: 20 cm X 14 cm + borders

Price: £40.00 

Sent with full provenance | UK postage included

Woman with book - Hand coloured linocut print

Woman with book

'Knowledge is not a burden'

Hand coloured linocut print on un-bleached Arches heavy rag paper

Size: 20 cm X 14 cm + borders

Price: £40.00 

Sent with full provenance | UK postage included

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Showbiz | In the night

Showbiz in the night... 

                          Moment of gentle subtlety witnessed on Dungeness beach 

Oil on un-bleached linen
Dimensions: 70 cm X 60 cm


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Print Workshops at Dungeness Open Studios

A new venture | opportunity for all

One-to-one print workshops to an edition of ten prints 

Your private accommodation + Exclusive studio, drawing, carving area with a well-stocked library, wifi, tools and equipment.

Lounge area (communal)

We provide private accommodation with continental breakfast, an exclusive drawing and carving area, comprehensive reference library, a guided walk of Dungeness beach, use of our studio and Farley press, papers, inks, tricks and tips.

Workshop + materials, accommodation with breakfast (wifi included) and one-to-one tuition with Paddy Hamilton is priced at £160. 00.

Daily itinerary is as follows:

  • Arrive in Dungeness in the morning to walk the beach and get a feel for this marvellous place to draw and photograph subjects. 
  • View the equipment and study previous examples of print making made from our Farley press.
  • Enjoy a flexible lunch break.
  • Introduction to tools and cutting technique.
  • You draft and carve your print in your private workshop space with my input if required.

*End of Day One

  • Breakfast.
  • An early start with a walk (weather permitting!).
  • Pre-proofing your print block.
  • Making amendments as required.
  • Creating ten perfect prints as an edition.

Please bring sketch books, cameras, laptops (wifi included) your favourite drawing equipment, all your enthusiasm, creativity and a willingness to learn. Plus a hat, scarf and sturdy boots!

In the shared workshop - L.A.B.

We hope to see you soon!

All enquiries (costs + available dates)


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


There's a new venture taking shape on Dungeness beach in the form of a pop-up pub for the hugely successful Romney Marsh Brewery. Matt, Cathy and family are bringing their award-winning beer to the RHDR station with 'Ales by the Rails'. In true Dungeness style they have transformed a shed into a fully formed beer hut with barrels and pumps - and as the creator of the Dungeness font (which features on their merchandise), we were asked to design and build the signage.

Happy to help, the result is a bespoke, handcrafted and hand-painted set of wooden signs that we built outside during a spell of good weather. After being nailed, painted, stabilised and varnished we used a technique to distress them slightly, giving them a well-worn, aged, smokey appearance.

Ales by the Rails will open on Friday the 16th of June so we wish them all the best and urge you to get down there and support them.
The design takes shape
Preparing the font
Measuring up
Nearly finished
Drying in the sun
After a flurry of film and photography shoots that required an authentic but slightly post-apocalyptic look we have spent time de-cluttering and re-organising the work spaces around the studios. The Lab has been updated and readied to make efficient space for painting as commissions are coming thick and fast. Here is just one of the paintings in progess:

Working title: 'Pathway of Diminishing Returns'

One of the pieces of work that was hanging in Studio 2 has been sent to south London (that groovy part) for a show which has made space for a change of dynamic in there and the display of the new, colourful, polychromatic multi-media work that has been taking shape.

Painting new works

Completed works hanging in Studio 2

We have had a very busy time with Airbnb, welcoming guests from all over the world and receiving lots of positive feedback and reviews, which is very humbling. We have met such diverse and interesting people. We are always sad to see them leave!

There have been a number of approaches from galleries and consultants in this last week, which we are considering as although we like going on tour, we love being here on this beach, especially now. One very welcome visitor was the renowned art academic, groundbreaking photographer and friend, Tom Evans, currently of Tenterden, who has several collaborations in mind for us, which we will happily proceed with. We were honoured to have an exclusive view of his current, large format photographs. Not only were they highly skilled and technically brilliant, they were also profoundly moving.

The garden is bursting with new flowers and plants again after a storm. Everything comes back altered but still beautiful. Most days we are adding new ones or planting out seedlings. The plants for sale at the moment include borage, sea kale, lychnis and cosmos, amongst others.

The umbrella snapped quickly before snapping in the wind again


Jostling for position
Wild poppies about to pop

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Filming, Refurbishing and Hosting

It's been a very busy time at Dungeness Open Studios. Last week, we welcomed 17 film crew involved in the production of a short sc-fi film called Black Shore. They filmed in the house, grounds and workshop with actors Matthew Steer, Jessica Raine and Austin Taylor. It is the realisation of a long-held dream of the directors, Jon Park and Grant White, who were joined by Leah Harris as Producer, Director of Photography, Zoran Veljkovic and Production Designer Steve Blundell, among others. They were hard working, friendly and fun, and we are looking forward to the premiere!

Zoran being strapped into his steady cam

Matthew Steer getting ready for a take
As the Black Shore team wanted a fairly gritty looking exterior we had held off on the much-needed paint job around and about, but it's been full on refurbishment ever since. Studio One has been re-painted and varnished as necessary. Studio Two has been whitewashed and The Lab has been refurbished inside as we have created a new, very elegant display screen which will also act as a drying space. This is timely as we can now begin working on a new show ('Spiritual') which will consist of all new material including paintings, prints, mixed media and photography.

Studio 2 - before painting

Studio 2 - looking fresher

The Lab - previous hanging screen

The Lab - new hanging screen made of perspex and canvas

After the creative chaos of film making we had a few Airbnb guests to host so the house was quickly returned to its fomer glory (!) and we met some lovely people who were visiting Dungeness for both work and pleasure.

In the garden, we are still planting new additions every day and the recent rain has helped to bring things on. The zenith hasn't yet been reached but we expect everything to bloom in the next couple of weeks. The lack of rain has had quite an effect on the beach. We have noticed fewer snails and nesting birds, and there don't appear to be as many rabbits or foxes. Plant life is different, too. Usually by now the digitalis and vipers bugloss are showing in abundance, but there is very little sign of them as yet. Good news for lizards though - they are everywhere!

Daisies about to bloom

The hawthorn has flowered for the first time


Sweet Peas are being trained to run up the midden

Flowering mint
Last night the French coast was visible for miles which happens rarely but the lights are quite beautiful. Speaking of which, we put up some lights as well...!

Friday, May 5, 2017

In the garden...

The first of May was a first in more ways than one. After months of drought and absolutely no sign of 'April showers' we saw the welcome return of rain! For some time now we have been saving every drop of washing up and bath water for the garden and for seedlings that are coming on in the cold frame. As I write this on May 2nd, we are experiencing another refreshing weather front of gentle showers that will hopefully transform the scorched brown earth (not usually seen until August) into a lush and verdant carpet of grass and flowers.

As the shingle beach gives way to broom, vetch and bladder wort, the garden has seen daffodils and tulips come and go, and is now hosting irises, valerian, anenomes, wallflowers and the last of the bluebells. The rosemary bushes and borage are flowering and red hot pokers are beginning to bud.

New planting includes nasturtiums, borage, flax, poppies and sweet peas. Finding space for everything is becoming a challenge but some of the plants (including sea kale) have been potted up to sell to visitors — at bargain prices, of course...


Bluebell and fennel


Ash coming into bud

Bee making the best of things

Wallflowers around the sign

Planting borage
Iris unfurling...