Posted on February 18th, 2015
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!
Posted on January 9th, 2015
Finishing touches to trompe l’oeil window for a client in Dartmouth. Painting will be stuck in situ next week
Posted on December 8th, 2014
Posted on July 4th, 2013
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.
Posted on June 13th, 2013
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’, […]
Posted on June 12th, 2013
Developing curves in perspective and adding figures.
Posted on June 12th, 2013
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.
Posted on April 24th, 2013
Time to finish this painting now and on to the next!
Posted on February 22nd, 2013
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! […]
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!
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 […]
Posted on November 23rd, 2012
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]