The photograph this painting is based on was taken exactly 100 years ago at the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), in West Flanders, Belgium. Fought by the British and Canadians against the German Empire, the battle took place on the Western Front from July to November 1917, for control of the ridges south and east of the city. Passchendaele lay on the last ridge east of Ypres, 5 mi (8.0 km) from a railway junction at Roulers, which was vital to the supply system of the G
Behold Linlithgow Palace and the church of St Michael on the banks of Linlithgow Loch. I have now re-worked this painting three times to try and get the right effect. I think I've managed it at last! This is, on the surface a strange name for a painting, however, that is exactly what Linlithgow means in the original Brythonic. Brythonic describes the languages that existed in Britain before the Saxons came and it is generally accepted that there were six of them. Breton, Corn
Meet Véronique Robert, Franco-Swiss journalist, mortally wounded in Mosul, Iraq on 19 June 2017 and who died in a Paris hospital 5 days later. We do not immediately think of Journalism as being a dangerous profession but the statistics suggest it is one of the most dangerous professions, especially if you are a war correspondent. Véronique wasn’t the only person to be mortally wounded in Mosul that day. Her colleague from Envoyé Special, Stephane Villeneuve was also killed. A
I’ve just watched the documentary “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” and feel a bit stunned by the behaviour of the press in the film. I had, quite frankly, forgotten just how bad it once was. On one occasion, Princess Diana was assaulted by the intruding press pack, desperate to get a photograph. The life of a royal, in the public eye, can never be what I’d describe as a good life. On the one hand, you just can’t go off and do what you want and on the other, when you c
When I started watching Star Trek Voyager for the first time, on British TV, I remember feeling really excited about the program. The pilot episode was stunning and I felt the casting was good and I had a feeling that the plot lines were going to be really engaging. It never occurred to me that the captain was a woman. Kate Mulgrew (Janeway) was in control of the star ship. She gave orders and people carried them out. It did not feel unusual in any way whatsoever. It was only
I painted Andy and Johanna in the hope that this would be our year but it just wasn't to be. Poor Andy had a dodgy hip and Johanna met Venus playing at her very best in the semi-final. What can I say, better luck next time I suppose. I'll keep my brushes at the ready for 2018....just in case!