Life, with Measure

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. This scene from Genesis resembles my house. Partly because my house shows the signs of scarcely holding together over a...

The Daughters of Colin Clark

My portrait ‘The Daughters of Colin Clark’ is a finalist in the 2017 Kilgour Prize. Here are some thoughts regarding its genesis and the painting that inspired it. There is a remarkable portrait by John Singer Sargent of the four daughters of a friend of...

Little things

“Little things console us because little things afflict us.” – Blaise Pascal, Pensées I have always painted small. This is partly because I have never had much space to work in – my studio currently consists of two square metres in the corner...

Why Beauty Matters

I found this free documentary a while ago and thought I’d post it here for those who read my blog. I cannot recommend this documentary highly enough. If you’re interested in the idea of beauty, if you feel the lack of beauty in the current culture, or if,...