Preview evening: Friday 14 October 5-8pm

Date for your diary: Friday 14 October – the SHAF Preview Evening at Beacon House Gallery – 5-8pm


SHAF (South Hams Arts Forum) Trail 15-23 October

The SHAF Trail is the final event in my artist’s calendar, and we like to start it with a Preview Evening. On show will be my latest creations:

  • The Quay at Newton Ferrers
  • Newton Ferres from Noss Mayo
  • Burgh Island from Hope Cove
  • Low Tide at Fishermans Cove
  • Gullet Plantation


Today, I have travelled to Plymouth to have this latest crop of paintings photographed / digitally scanned ahead of the SHAF Trail – and the race now is to varnish, mount, and frame these in time.


Where do I have my paintings photographed?

I recommend Bretonside Copy. They have photographed more than 100 of my original paintings.

I deliver my paintings first thing, then spend time in Plymouth shopping, and return later to check the colour matching. The high-quality images are supplied electronically, so we can then produce fine art greetings card and prints as required.


Who do I go to for mounts and framing?

I recommend Jeremy Smith at Creek Framing. Jeremy will be very busy in the run-up to SHAF and, fingers crossed, he’ll be able to get mine done in time.


How do you get an invite to the SHAF Preview Evening at Beacon House Gallery?

Email me at

South Pool Sunrise

STEWARDING TODAY: 6 September 2016, 11am-2pm

Today, Tuesday 6 September, I’m stewarding at the Loft Gallery from 11am until 5pm.

If you expect to be in Salcombe then, please drop by and say hello!



The Loft Gallery is situated behind the Fortescue Inn, and above a popular shoe shop, on a delightful footpath called Victoria Quay.



The Loft Gallery is the home of Salcombe Art Club.

Every year since 1960, the Summer Exhibition opens at Easter and continues until the end of September. In the winter months, the Loft Gallery reverts to being a working studio with a full programme of workshops and classes for its members.



Salcombe Art Club comprises a mix of artists: some professional artists such as those who teach our classes but also many amateurs and some very new to drawing/painting. Everyone is welcome!

Step 1 is to enroll as a Lay Member. That’s the first rung of the ladder! Then Salcombe Art club has three categories of membership.

  • Lay members (for a subscription of £12 per annum) may take part in workshops, courses and social activities and generally assist in supporting the club. Lay members may not exhibit, nor vote at the AGM.
  • Associate members (for a subscription of £17 per annum) may take part in most club activities including exhibiting in the Little Studio section (but not the main gallery) of the Annual Summer Exhibition.
  • Full members (for a subscription of £27 per annum) may take part in all club activities and exhibit their works in the Annual Summer Exhibition.



Essentially, exhibiting is limited to the associate and full members of Salcombe Art Club. Full members are invited to display up to five of their works in the Summer Exhibition.

Full – and associate – members may also book a week or more in the Little Studio.

In the Little Studio also, our teachers exhibit material of works produced by the various class groups; this inspires other club members to enroll for classes during the winter months.


FEATURED IMAGE: South Pool Sunrise

The original of South Pool Sunrise is on display at the Loft Gallery as part of Salcombe Art Club Main Exhibition. It shows the Salcombe estuary up to South Pool from my studio at Beacon House Gallery. It’s amazing, with such a glorious view, that I find time to paint!

SOLD! The Swan Inn at Noss Mayo

Knowing that a new gallery would soon be opening in the Revelstoke Room next to the Village Hall in Noss Mayo,  I decided – a year ago – to focus my attention on capturing scenes local to Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo.

Although I now live in Salcombe, and most of my paintings features scenes close to my home, Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo are also close to my heart.

Decades ago, when my children were young, we would rent Rose Cottage, next to The Dolphin. When the tide was in, we’d visit the Swan Inn by boat. If the tide was out, we’d cross the causeway on foot. We also often ate at The Ship and enjoyed the views across to the Swan Inn. I have very many happy memories of those times.

Choosing which scenes to paint was therefore easy – and so it was that Low Tide at Newton FerrersBridge End, Newton Creek and The Swan Inn at Noss Mayo were added to my portfolio of paintings.

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Low Tide at Newton Ferrers

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Bridge End, Newton Creek

All three images were on display in that new gallery – The Gallery Project – until recently, and this week, with all three of them back in my own gallery at home, the original of The Swan Inn at Noss Mayo has been sold – to someone whose house appears in the image.



All three images and many more are also available as a fine art greetings card.

Gallery ProjectThe Gallery Project in Noss Mayo stocks a selection of my cards. It’s open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm from Easter until the end of September and from mid-November until 24 December.

There is also a Gallery Project at Avon Mill, and they have a selection of cards for sale (photo of me with all 12 designs).

In Salcombe, my cards are available within walking distance of the Loft Gallery: at Bonningtons the newsagents, and at the Salcombe Information Centre.

The full range is available at Malborough Post Office. View while you queue!

Just think: for less than 1% of the sales price of an original painting, you can invest in a fine art greetings card. Send it to a friend or frame it for yourself. Whistlefish sell frames that fit … about £10 each.