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Painting Irises

Posted on February 18th, 2015

Painting Irises for Dartmouth

I always try to paint flowers from life! never work from photographs if I want my paintings to be vibrant and in a trompe l’oeil mural the image need to look real!

Finishing touches to trompe l’oeil window for Dartmouth

Posted on January 9th, 2015

Finishing Dartmouth 2

Finishing touches to trompe l’oeil window for a client in Dartmouth. Painting will be stuck in situ next week

A Cornish Miracle

Posted on December 8th, 2014

Plenty of room at the Blisland Inn this Christmas!

Swimming pool mural progress

Posted on July 4th, 2013

Mural progress

Gradually building up the painting, which is over thirty feet long. I have vast areas of marble to deal with and my clients grandchildren … life size.

Summer In February

Posted on June 13th, 2013

One of the painting done for Summer in February

I did all the background paintings for the film Summer in February and many of the ‘works in progress’ being apparently painted by Laura and Harold Knight (Hattie Morahan and Shaun Dingwall) and AJ Munnings (Dominic Cooper). Incidentally, one or two of the ‘foreground paintings’ e.g. in the Royal Academy scenes and ‘The Morning Ride’, […]

Developing curved marble terrace

Posted on June 12th, 2013

Developing curves in perspective and adding figures

Developing curves in perspective and adding figures.

New mural

Posted on June 12th, 2013

Mural progress 3

I have started a new mural – painting the wall of a lovely swimming pool in Cornwall. It will include a ‘trompe l’oeil’ sea view – a ‘marble’ terrace overlooking sea and distant mountains, and some life size portraits of my clients grandchildren.

Trompe L’Oeil Fish

Posted on April 24th, 2013

New Parrot Fish

Time to finish this painting now and on to the next!

Underwater in my studio

Posted on February 22nd, 2013

Fish mural 4

There’s an eerie feeling now when you walk into the studio!!! Do we need breathing apparatus? The fish are wonderful to paint and both Doon (my daughter and number one assistant) and I LOVE painting them! Now I need to try and get more depth (ha!) into the painting. Parrot fish and angels…. I think! […]

Underwater progress

Posted on January 31st, 2013

Work is going on in my studio to paint a ‘trompe l’oeil’ triptych giving the impression we are looking into a large underwater fish tank. This painting has been commissioned for a property in Majorca. Keep watching for progress!

New project

Posted on January 12th, 2013

Today we started work on a triptych destined for Majorca. The idea is to make believe that three recessed arches are views into an aquarium with exotic fish. They are small, medium and large, the largest canvas being approx three metres by four. All painted in Golden acrylics on Polymural. Watch this space for illustrations […]

Self portraits

Posted on November 23rd, 2012

Artists aren't vain! They just feel happy that the model doesn't mind how long the painting takes!

Have you ever thought that artists must be very vain if they paint themselves? Let me explain: artists are the only people who don’t mind how long it takes! If you are your own model there’s no fidgeting, no complaining, no guilt…. just an endless opportunity to explore every wrinkle and nuance of colour. I […]

Progress of Trompe L’Oeil Mural for Colortrend, Dublin

Posted on October 26th, 2012

Hello again, Continued to paint view into ‘trompe l’oeil’ window, trying to make the interior as warm and attractive as possible. I asked someone to pose for me as exterior decorator and added colourful detail to his shirt. My client had chosen the wall colours and I felt the wide space needed brightening up! I […]

Progress of a trompe l’oeil mural

Posted on October 24th, 2012

I’ve decided to write about the progress of a mural from concept/design to installation on a wall – in this case, the wall of a well known paint supplier in Dublin – Colortrend. My brief was to create an interesting ‘trompe l’oeil’ view into a room, rather than the classic view out of a room, […]

Trompe L’Oeil blog

Posted on October 22nd, 2012


Hi! This is my first blog post! I have been an artist all my life, in particular a mural artist for the last thirty years. I specialise in ‘trompe l’oeil’, although I will maintain that trompe l’oeil is, in fact, high quality realistic painting. The fact that ‘trompe l’oeil’ is usually labelled as wall art, […]