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This painting was a labour of love! It celebrates Ashbourne's famous Royal Shrovetide Football Game. 10% from each sale will go to the Ashbourne Shrovetide committee. It shows almost every aspect of the wonderful and friendly rough and tumble day; from the magnificent Shrovetide Dinner (bottom left) to the hug and the goals. The original is egg tempera painted on real gesso on stretched cotton canvas 2018 107 x 71 cm.
The glorious Buxton Opera House! Its always been about people meeting, experiencing entertainments and enjoyment. The clothes of the people outside carry patterns and features from the magnificent building. The original is egg tempera painted on real gesso on stretched cotton canvas.
Buxton, proud and festive. This was painted for the Buxton Spa Prize. The original is egg tempera painted on real gesso on stretched cotton canvas and framed with a lovely light natural birch wood.
The nursery rhyme delights me and I love the opportunity to paint a historic Princess!
Run for your Money, run for your life. This shows the amazing Dovedale Dash; a crazy run through Lin Dale and Dovedale, over or through the river beside the Stepping Stones. It is in November and usually cold and muddy. People dress up and raise great sums for their charities. It's egg tempera on real gesso on stretched cotton canvas. 107 cm x 45 cm
Images of the Miners' strike of 1984 reminded me of Paolo Ucello's Battle of San Romano in the National Gallery. Horses were in the same stance, there was even a greyhound racing across the fields behind the ranks of soldiers.
A Princess meets a particular rose for the first time. I have fallen in love with old fashioned roses with their glorious scent.
These words were inspired by a poem by Billy Collins; They look down on us as they row themselves through eternity. They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth.
Goosey Goosey Gander, there is a sinister background to this; to do with searching out Catholics hiding during the reformation! 'There I found an old man who wouldn't say his prayers, so I took him by his left leg and threw him down the stairs'. The original is egg tempera painted on Acrylic gesso on herringbone weave linen.
Royal Shrovetide Football in Ashbourne. Played in February every year, year after year, in all weathers into the night. Is that the moon or the ball? The original is egg tempera painted on Acrylic gesso on herringbone weave linen.
Painted during the floods of 2014, one of a series about climate change. Noah rescues the farmers and animals. The original is egg tempera painted on real gesso on stretched cotton canvas. 107 x 71 cm.