Cheetah

Cheetah

Oil on canvas, 200 x 600 mm
October 2005

My daily delight. My Cheetah sits on on the ledge in the stairwell and can’t be missed whenever you go up or down, unless you are distracted by one of the other paintings next to it.

A Bride

Bride

Oil on canvas, 12 x 16″
July 2005

Our good friend Jananne, shown here celebrating her wedding with Simon. The painting doesn’t do her justice, of course not, but it is one of my earlier attempts at portraiture. Still haven’t mastered it, or even apprentice’d it…

Water On Mars

Water On Mars

Oil on canvas board, 12 x 16″
estimated 2005

One of my earliest attempts, still excited by the novelty of discovering modernism and surrealism and painting and…. a whole new world!

The Sky Above Botswana

The Sky Above Botswana

Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm
approximately 2005

Still a household favourite after all those years. The birds are “Red Bishop” and the super sky is painted with Cobalt Blue, an expensive pigment but a beautiful blue.

The Soup Chef

The Soup Chef

Acrylics on canvas board, 12 x 16″
~ 2004

Definitely one of my very first attempts. I had read a Frida Kahlo biography at the time, perhaps that explains some.

Timothy Leary Is Dead

Timothy Leary Is Dead
(Hoppe Hoppe Reiter)

Oil on canvas board, 300 x 400 mm

One of my first oil paintings, and still a household favourite 15 years later as I write (and back-date) this note.

This is also known asĀ Hoppe Hoppe Reiter because it was once exhibited as a huge print in the Truman Brewery, east London, as part of an event sponsored by Hewlett Packard. They required that the letters H and P appear in the works title, so we got a little creative with the title.

Don Giovanni, Frida and I

Don Giovanni, Frida and I

Watercolour on paper, approximately A4

One of my earliest works, clearly influenced by a Frida Kahlo biography which I read at the time. Don Giovanni is our (then) cat, who only dreamed of mice but never caught one.

The waterscape is in reference to the Day Skipper sailing course, which I completed at the same time in rough weather in the Solent.