Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Here's one just finished. Oil on canvas. Zali is  Reona's granddaughter. She was playing in our garden late summer - at times throwing about a rugby ball with my 20 year-old son. One portrait alone couldn't capture her various expressions. So I painted four views on one canvas. She is life-size in each. Goes without saying but she's gorgeous.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Recent portraits

I was proud to call Wim Verhoeven  a friend of mine. A gentleman of  enormous integrity and kindness. Here's a pastel I did for his son Terry late last year.

This is the late Mrs Connell whose portrait I painted for her lovely husband. He came to collect it last week and was thrilled. I didn't know her and worked from a small photo on funeral service memorial notes creating a 500 x 400mm oil. She looks like she made the most of life.

Friday, November 15, 2013


This is "Breeze". An oil painted on canvas primed with burnt sienna to create a warm glow feeling which is how I feel about dogs.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Chinese Dragon

A palette knife work- in- progress. This is a very large piece in which I want to capture the powerful build of this sire and the hot, summery, Manawatu countryside:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

At Red Roof

I am now sketching at Red Roof Gallery in Eastbourne on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday, June 25, 2012

Baby in pink - pastel progression


This doggie was painted posthumously. The unusual thing about him was he had a missing front leg. So I crafted the painting in such a way as to put the attention on his face rather than chest. Looked like a very appealing chap. I see it is unsigned so it might not have been finished when I took this photo. I think he was a bit hairier by the time he left.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lionel, Ihaka and Te Kaha, 2011

This is a composite portrait from three different photos taken on the same day and in the same light.

This is also a composite from some shots taken at Tauheranikau, New Year's Day 2011. This is a lot looser than my usual style. The unpainting is violet and I have left quite a lot showing through to get a sense of movement into the scene.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Two heading dogs

The lower dog is the mother, the upper, her son. I took the photos used outside my shop. She was very camera shy and it was impossible to get a shot with them posed together so I treated them as individual (but combined) portraits. Lovely temperaments.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Going Solo April 2010

The Greeting - pastel

Woman in black - oil - (SOLD)

The blue and gold blanket - pastel

Going Solo April 2010 (Cont)

The district nurse - oil - (SOLD)

Reona - oil

Maori pikau c 1890s - oil

Feathers and pounamu: unknown Rotorua woman - oil (SOLD)

Blue girl - pastel (SOLD)

Going Solo April 2010 (Cont)

Mother and Child circa 1893 - oil

The orange and blue blanket - oil on board

The pink scarf - oil on board

Apirana Ngata - pastel (not available for sale)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


This shows the development of a quick sketch;

Friday, December 4, 2009

Palangi and Jeff

Born in September 2009, I sketched kittens Palangi and Jeff for this years Xmas card (for 16 years I have made my own cards which people tell me they love to receive. Some have kept every one).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009