Gullet Plantation

SHAF preview: Gullet plantation

The SHAF Arts Trail is the final event of the year for me as an artist. It’s one of just two opportunities for the public to view my work in my own home, and to see me at work, albeit in a makeshift studio in my lounge.


Gullet Plantation

Gullet Plantation is one of five new works which will be on display – and on sale! – during the SHAF Arts Trail.

It shows the view from my studio and is named after the wood in the centre of the picture.


What is the SHAF Trail?

SHAF brochureThe SHAF Trail is an annual event organised by the South Hams Art Forum in which local artists open their homes, allowing visitors to see for themselves how we work, and to talk one-on-one with the artists.

Brochures giving a complete list of all the artists taking part in the SHAF Trail are available at a number of places: Salcombe Information Centre, Bonningtons the newsagents, Spar (Loring Road), Salcombe Yacht Club, …



Beacon House Gallery will be open for visitors as follows:

  • Saturday 15 October: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 16 October: 10am-5pm
  • Monday 17 October: 11am-3pm
  • Tuesday 18 October: CLOSED
  • Wednesday 19 October: 11am-3pm
  • Thursday 20 October: 11am-3pm
  • Friday 21 October: 11am-3pm
  • Saturday 22 October: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 23 October: 10am-5pm



Beacon House Gallery is within my home – the hall, stairs and landing, no less. It’s not normally open to the public, except by prior arrangement. However, for the SHAF Trail, we welcome visitors during ‘opening hours’ as listed above. You don’t need to book ahead. Just turn up and you will be made very welcome.



As you approach Salcombe, there will be yellow posters with arrows pointing the way to Beacon House.

You could park in the park’n’walk at the top of Bonfire Hill and walk down. There might be parking spaces in Bonfire Hill alongside the allotments, or you could park on our private drive at the end of the shared drive. (Please do not park on the shared drive.)

We do not currently have access for disabled visitors – but we are having alterations made to the house over this winter so for next year’s SHAF Trail we will be able to welcome wheelchair users.

We look forward to your visit!

STEWARDING TODAY: 11am – 2pm Tuesday 20 September

Today, Tuesday 20 September, I’m stewarding at the Loft Gallery from 11am until 2pm.

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 enrol for classes during the winter months.



106 Salcombe Dawn I72dpiRESIZEDSquareThe original of Salcombe Dawn II is on display at the Loft Gallery as part of Salcombe Art Club Main Exhibition. It’s an oil painting, 16 inches x 20 inches, priced at £450.

A fine art greetings card of Salcombe Dawn I – a similar but smaller oil painting that was sold in 2015 – is available at a fraction of that cost, within walking distance of the Loft Studio. Try Salcombe Information Centre or Bonningtons, the newsagents.



SOLD! Baltic Exchange III Standing By at Island Terrace

Baltic Exchange III Standing By at Island Terrace – the featured image above – was one of several paintings I produced in 2010 as part of my one-man exhibition in support of the Salcombe Life Boat. Since then, it’s appeared in several exhibitions and, at last – on display at Avon Mill – it has sold, and is now on its way to Australia.

Six years ago, I was living in a flat at Great Gates – above what was then the Marine Hotel and is now The Harbour Hotel – and, each time I heard the lifeboat go by, I’d rush out onto my balcony and take photos. So, I had plenty of resource material.

This painting of Baltic Exchange II was donated to the Salcombe RNLI and raffled at an event held in The Fortescue Inn.028-baltic-exchange-2-72dpi

Salcombe Heroes was bought by the mother of one of our lifeboat crew.025-salcombe-heroes-72dpi

Return to Base is one of the few original painting not for sale. It hangs in my own gallery at home. This is because I donated the image to the Salcombe Lifeboat and, by donation, you can obtain it as a fine art greetings card in the Salcombe RNLI shop.052-return-to-base-72dpi

The original of Baltic Exchange III was sold to a Japanese visitor to Salcombe’s Summer Exhibition in 2010. 033 BALTIC EXCHANGE 372dpiRESIZEDSquare

I’ve now moved house and rarely see the lifeboat unless I am taking in the view from the terrace of Salcombe Yacht Club, or by leaning out of the window of Salcombe Art Club. It’s on my list of images to revisit soon.



Baltic Exchange III is also available as a fine art greetings card. As one of my best sellers, it’s on sale just about everywhere: Salcombe Yacht Club, Salcombe Information Centre, Bonningtons (the Salcombe newsagents) and at Malborough Post Office.

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.