How to take part in an Art Trail

How to take part in an Art Trail

All over the country from early summer, Artists and Makers open up their studios to the public, show their work and share the art experience and see art in all its forms. The artist become part of the art community and visitors feel welcome and enjoying seeing the work. They can ask advice, see what […]

South Pole, record breaker Lewis Clarke

South Pole,  record breaker Lewis Clarke

The ‘I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM’ collection of tactile portraits includes the remarkable Lewis Clarke. ( to be shown at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre. Walton on Thames 17th March to 28th March) To create a collection of portraits I wanted to include a cross section of people in society, people who perhaps […]

Mr Keith Richards, his library and his portrait

Mr Keith Richards, his library and his portrait

Mr Keith Richards is part of my collection of Tactile Portraits ‘ I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM’. The exhibition will be seen at River House Barn Art Centre, Walton on Thames 17th – 28th Feb. I have to say first and foremost that I am not a great fan of the Rolling […]

Kevin Carey, Chair RNIB, Author, Poet.

Kevin Carey, Chair RNIB, Author, Poet.

A few years ago I attended the ‘In Touch with Art’ International Conference  organised by St. Dunstans, held at the V & A. This also gave me an opportunity to showcase my tactile paintings. In the distance, I saw a man with long grey hair and a full grey beard.  He put me in mind of an […]

Pamela Howard – Portrait of a Scenographer

Pamela Howard – Portrait of a Scenographer

Professor Pamela Howard OBE is a Scenographer, Director, Educator, Curator and  Producer. A Scenographer is a visual artist who makes theatre performances. Pamela specialises in 20th century little known works and her work takes her around the world. She is the author of ‘What is Scenography’. I first met Pamela when we opened our studios […]

Nicole MacKenzie,the swimmer, the portriat.

Nicole MacKenzie,the swimmer, the portriat.

I don’t normally read the Sports pages of the Portsmouth Evening News, however, a photo of a young girl holding up a number of gold medals for swimming attracted my attention.. The article told of the achievements of 13 year old Nicole Mackenzie, after she had a kidney transplant. If Nicole and her parents would […]

Mark Covell, The Boat Project and a Portrait

Mark Covell, The Boat Project and a Portrait

My Tactile Portrait collection was beginning to build up and I found my next sitter right on my doorstep in Emsworth. I read in the Portsmouth Evening News  about Mark Covell. The Technical Advisor involved in the building of a yacht called THE BOAT PROJECT.  Commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The 30ft day sailor […]

MARK ORMROD AND HIS PORTRAIT

MARK ORMROD AND HIS PORTRAIT

I read an article in the Portsmouth Evening News about a young man called Mark Ormrod. He had written a book called Man Down, received an award for it at the Royal Marine Barracks in Portsmouth. What was so amazing that all this took place after he became the first triple amputee out of Afghanistan. Mark was exactly […]

SPITFIRE SISTERS Portrait Mary Ellis

SPITFIRE SISTERS  Portrait Mary Ellis

My search to find  new people to include in my tactile portrait collection took nearly  two years. One evening I watched a programme called The Spitfire sisters. It told the story of the women who flew all sorts of aircraft during the war from factory to the Air Force pilots. Six of them were still alive […]

PORTRAIT COLLECTION. Changing Faces.

PORTRAIT COLLECTION. Changing Faces.

I had completed two  paintings for my new Portrait Collection. I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM and MARTIN DOREY. Twelve more to go. One evening I  watched the programme Beauty and the Beast. It featured  two women. One  obsessed with her own beauty, who proudly told the interviewer that she  had undertaken endless surgery, so she could […]