When I was in Jerusalem a couple of weeks ago I fell in love with the battered, scratched and graffiti daubed metal doors of the old city shops. I decided have ago at painting one of them, aiming not for an exact replica but a generalised impression. Now, bear in mind, that I haven’t got......
I recently spent a week in Jerusalem with an apartment very close to the Old City. I expected that on our day trip to the West Bank and Banksy’s hotel, I would find lots of graffiti to photograph. However, I was totally unprepared for finding so much in the Old City itself. The graffiti there......
Last year I made the Monte Camino series – a set of textile panels about my Grandparents war stories. You can follow their full story through several blog posts starting here. I was delighted that they were shown at Stockport War Memorial Art gallery but I was never really one hundred per cent content with......
It was a good start this morning. I woke up to find that I had a new book published that I knew nothing about! Well, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. I knew the idea was in the pipeline but I had no idea it actually existed as a book. Let me explain. I......
You remember my 2017 weekly(ish) art project? The one I confidently declared in this post  would be a modular diary of 2017? You want to know why it got to five pieces and then stopped? Why it’s now nearly April and there’s still not a new one to show? Well, the project began because I......
It is a small world. A few days ago I was in the old city of Jerusalem, in a side street just off the Via Dolorosa when I spotted the Levantine art gallery and made a bee line for its doors.   Inside an Arab salesman was trying out his patter on a couple of......
The one question I get asked more than any other when I talk to people about my art is: Where do you find the time? I confess I am always tempted to answer, earnestly but slightly sarcastically: “On the beach at low tide” or  “I was just browsing  in the charity shop and it was......
I am delighted to have been invited by Manchester Histories and Stockport Council to be one of the five artists leading public workshops for the Stockport Picture Project. The Project started with images of selected art works and originals being placed in high profile locations back in February 2017, including libraries, museums, Merseyway Shopping Centre and......
Leah Higgins and I are pleased to announce that we have added another duo exhibition, Traces to our exhibiting schedule. When I was a child living in St.Helens,  the small glass museum at the headquarters of Pilkingtons Glass was a place to be taken for weekend entertainment. I confess that the attraction as children was not......
This is the first completed piece for an intended body of work inspired by my home town of St. Helens. Which is, to be frank, going to be tricky, because St.Helens is a post industrial, economically depressed, grey place and I spend much of my time dreaming of better places to visit! I do not find......