I’m mesmerised by the effects of light: how sunlight breaks through clouds, how the rain clouds bring drama to the high moorland landscape, how sunsets create contrasts that defy description with just words. Colours amaze me: subtle greys and pale misty tints in the woods in the rain, the fresh green of new leaves in the spring, the contrasting reds, orange and blues of a dramatic sunset over the sea. Faces and figures intrigue me: strangers, portraits of loved-ones and relatives, and quick sketches of fellow passengers on the train. If I can capture the essence of these things in my paintings, I’m very, very happy!
Seascape Paintings of Blackpool and Whitby
Painting the sea is a real joy. Seascapes are always challenging because the sea is in a constant state of flux, with tides, winds and the weather dominating the scene. Blackpool is a favourite place to paint but also Whitby and the Welsh coastline along the Llyn Peninsula in the north and Pembrokeshire to the south. The sea has drama, light and shade, holidaymakers, ice cream and sometimes even sunshine.When I paint a seascape I’m always trying to capture the movement of light on the sea because this movement never stops – it’s a constantly changing battle between nature, which never wants to stay constant, and the painting, which is of its very nature a motionless freeze-frame capturing of a single moment, perhaps from a single hour within a single day. Of course I never truly ‘win’ the battle, but sometimes I’m nevertheless happy with the painted result! On this site you’ll find a range of my seascape paintings – hopefully you’ll find one that you love.
Pike O’Stickle, Mickleden, Mist£360.00
Langdale Pikes from Side Pike£220.00
The Goit from White Coppice£340.00
Wetherlam from Tilberthwaite£360.00
Great Gable from Scarth Gap£220.00
Winter Hill from Belmont (print)£47.00 – £76.00
Pike O’Stickle and Harrison Stickle, Langdale
Anglezarke from Noon Hill£380.00
The Steep Path Down to Dungeon Ghyll£360.00
Whitby, blustery showers and full moon.£340.00
If you can’t find the ideal painting for you on this site, but like the type of paintings I create, why not commission me to create a painting for you? In the past, I’ve painted favourite views, holiday seascapes, memorable portraits – even much-loved pets. The prices for commissions are broadly the same as the prices you see for my other paintings – between £150 and £400 depending on the size and complexity of the subject matter. The process is simple: once we’ve agreed on the subject and price I email you lots of photographs of the new painting ‘in progress’ and I welcome comments and suggestions as the painting develops. When we’re both happy with the result I can either send you the painting unframed, or I can get the painting framed for you. For more information, and to see examples of previous commissions, see this commission page.
Recently sold paintings
These paintings have sold recently and are no longer available. However, prints might be available of some – contact me for details.
I’m a northern artist who was born in Bolton. I still live here on the edge of the west pennine moors. This is where I feel most at home, and it’s this landscape that inspires most of my paintings. As you browse this site you’ll see lots of Lancashire paintings based in the Lancashire area: Bolton, Horwich, Rivington, Chorley, Tockholes, Adlington are all represented in my paintings.
I was a contributor to a recent programme on BBC Radio 4. I talked with BBC journalist Chris Mason on ‘East Meets West’ where “poets, farmers and journalists talk about their different identities east and west, and listens carefully as the accents change on his imagined journey across the country.”
During the programme I talk about how I see the landscape on an imaginary journey from Whitby to the lake district.
Great frame, great location.
I like it when people send me photos of my painting in their homes, especially when the painting is beautifully framed and and in just the right place. Here’s one of my Lake District paintings in a fantastic frame and looking great in the home of one of my collectors.
Interview for Lancashire Times
A few months ago I did an interview with Caroline Spalding for the Lancashire Times. We talked about inspirations and influences.
When I finish new paintings, organise a new exhibition or have other exciting news, I send out a studio newsletter.
The monthly newsletter also features a ‘painting of the month’ – one of my best paintings offered at a substantial discount.
Fine Art Prints
I’m delighted to be able to offer a range of fine art prints of my favourite paintings. Each print is signed by me and printed using the giclee print method. Giclee is a special printing process used by fine artists and photographers because it offers very accurate, vibrant colours and because the prints are very long lasting and do not fade over time.
I’ve been selling art online since the late 1990s. I’m proud to say that hundreds of my paintings have been sold to collectors worldwide. My studio is in Horwich, near Rivington. I’m married with three children.
I keep going back to Whitby, a favourite location of mine for painting. The beach and the harbour are perfect for my style of paintings – blending traditional seaside, working harbour, abbey and characterful old ‘yards’. I visit regularly and every visit inspires more paintings.
As most of my paintings are based in the landscape, I spend a lot of time outside, just walking and sketching. Back in the studio I usually work in oils or acrylic paint on traditional canvas or smooth MDF panels, starting with a smooth surface and building up layers of luscious paint. The way I paint is very laid back – I seldom pre-plan my paintings and I usually just ‘go with the flow’. I do work slowly and build layers of paint over an initial sketch – often revising and removing previous layers of paint. As the painting progresses, I add details and constantly adjust the colours, tones and shapes so that slowly but surely the image emerges from chaos.