I have finally started making bespoke frames for my work. Each new painting will have an individually made frame suitable for that work. The basic frames and passepartout (inner frame) blanks are being made by my framer and then I begin the long process of applying gesso to both. Gesso is a mixture of Rabbit skin size and marble dust which is painted on the the frame and once dry it is sanded smooth with wire wool. Five or six layers are applied and then the resultant white smooth frame can be wash painted or gold leafed. Below is a bit of the process ‘in action’ 🙂 

Bole is a guilders clay in a variety of colours and can be used with a mix of clay and rabbit skin glue, painted on to a frame and polished before being varnished with shellac. Other Bole clays such as the red can be used under gold leaf to give the leaf a warm gold finish. Below are some of the results.


Eight paintings were delivered to Purple Gallery in Birmingham destined for their Summer and Landscape exhibitions. Its always a delight seeing the gallery owners Colin and Jane and fingers crossed for some sales. Here are a few of the pieces.


As I write Holmfirth Artwork is underway and as with previous years I have been exhibiting with fellow artist Emma Oughtibridge under our ‘Yorkshire Colourists’ banner. Our venue and Preview evening was at The Butchers Arms in Hepworth, a local gastro pub which has shown my work before. 


I have just completed a commission for a buyer in Spain which involved visiting their home South of Tarragona in Catalonia to take photos and make sketches.  Here is the finished piece in its bespoke frame, polished black bole with a 24 carat gold passepartout.


I had an interesting article published in the Huddersfield Examiner about what paintings sell and why.  I am not sure I am any the wiser but do have a look.

A lovely five page spread in Yorkshire Life magazines May edition. Plenty of pictures and a few words of sagely art wisdom 😉

Here is the link and you can find me on pages 71-78: