Daymer Bay, Fowey and Harlyn – Three New Pictures for summer 2020

There’s still plenty of fun to be had in Cornwall whilst keeping to social distancing rules. The warm weather is bringing out the best of the county. So  if you’re pining for white horses, sandcastles and gulls take a look at my three latest pictures.

Flying High On Daymer Bay


Cornwall is famous for its brisk sea winds and what better way to enjoy them than with a kite. But don’t worry if you can’t get airborne, grab a shovel like nippers here on Daymer Bay – and get dug in!

Sea Gulls watch the crabbing at Fowey

I’ve always had a soft spot for Fowey, possibly due to its connection with Daphne du Maurier. And there’s always things going on at Albert Quay, at the back of the car park close to the Fowey River Gallery. Messing about on boats, pasty lunches and hungry gulls.


School’s Out Harlyn

One of the good things about lockdown is it’s given youngsters who would otherwise be at school the opportunity to brush up on their surfing skills here Harlyn.  Just down the road from The Padstow Studio in Duke Street where you can sea this picture.


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Bentley & Spens at the V&A

Everyone is very excited because later this month one of Sally and my ‘yukata’ and ‘obi’  outfits, produced when we were the Bentley & Spens textile design partnership, is to be featured in Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk an eye catching oriental fashion show at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. 

The exhibition- running from Saturday February 29 to June 21 – is a celebration of the iconic Japanese kimono tracing the antecedents of this defining garment back to the 16th century whilst reflecting upon its influence and inspiration for a raft of 20th and 21st century fashion designers.

I met  Sally Spens (latterly Murdoch) at London’s Goldsmiths College.  Later working together as Bentley & Spens our hand painted and batik designs drew favour from clothing and interiors outlets from London, to New York, and Paris, eventually coming to the attention of Japan’s foremost Kimono producer, Kawashima. The company intended to use our designs in a range of less formal lightweight summer kimonos known as yukatas – de rigeur for chic women at the nation’s popular and season defining cherry blossom festivals. An ‘obi’ is the waist belt or band.

Our first Bentley & Spens yukata collection in 2002 comprised a dozen designs  with the theme Cool Flowers, Fruits Party, Exotic Japan, Sweetheart and Sea Story. To our delight an instant hit with Japanese retailers it prompted a second collection the following year entitled Tropical Daydream’ featuring hand painted birds, shells, elephants and fauna.

Bentley & Spens Tokyo launch

We were flown out to Tokyo for the launch (see adjoining photographs), taking the Bullet Train to Kyoto to meet the production staff at the factory. During the subsequent six years we supplied around 80 original yukata designs.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, February 29 to June 21,2010, Gallery 39 and The North Court, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL. £16-£18. 


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Back on the beach – three new pieces for Easter 2019 at The Padstow Studio

Cold Water Surf ll Treyarron

It’s been a long chilly winter although despite, or perhaps because of the grey skies and shivery temperatures I’ve completed three new pieces that are going into the Padstow Studio in time for Easter. I’m always amazed at the hardiness of surfers who take to their boards even in the depths of winter. There’s a flavour of their toughness in Cold Water Surf ll Treyarron. More typical of the classic Cornish beach experience are Sports Day at the Beach Padstow and Cooling Down High Summer Harlyn  – with all the sun, fun, frolics and happy pooches enjoying the sand and sea on perfect summer’s days. Anyone with a keen eye will spot Asta on both. All three at at Sarah Adams’ Cold Water Surf II Treyarron Padstow Studio in Duke Street now.

Cooling Down High Summer Harlyn


Sports Day At The Beach Padstow


The Padstow Studio, 30 Duke Street, Padstow, PL28 8AB telephone: 01841 533777

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four new pictures at my Shared Histories show in St.Ives the first week in April


cold water surf porthmeor

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Shared Histories at St.Ives

our press release for our forthcoming three artist show in St.Ives

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The Padstow Studio’s 10th anniversary show

Last year I was invited to take part in Sarah Adams’ wonderful 10th year anniversary show at her Padstow Studio.  My contributions were these three images – all sold: On Stile Selfie; Paddling Pooches; Sitting On The Rock On The Bay.The preview was wonderful event with many of Sarah and my own clients making the time to share the occasion.

Sitting On The Rock On The Bay

On Stile Selfie

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My work at The Square Gallery St. Mawes

Winter Quick Step

Winter Quick Step

I am delighted to announce there is a second gallery (after the Fowey River Gallery) showing my work on Cornwall’s south coast. It’s the Square Gallery, right on the seafront, close to the harbour, at St. Mawes. It’s a wonderful place with work by dozens of great artists including my friend, and design partner Sally Spens. It’s a small and bursting at the seems with great contemporary art work and is run with contagious enthusiasm by Catherine Talbot, whose love for art and support for artists is refreshing and encouraging. To begin with Catherine is showing four of my embroidered paintings; The Beautiful Game In Battersea Park, and Cornish beach scenes Jump For Joy, Sailing School, and my latest, Winter Quick Step, a chilly out-with-the-dogs and wrap up warm sort of day, that for me could be almost morning walk on the beach between November and March.

sailing school

sailing school

Asta and I have been scoping out the area and there will embroidered paintings of St.Mawes in the near future.

If you get a chance take a look at the Square Gallery. There’s lots to see and a great pub with huge servings of fish ‘n chips, across the road, The Rising Sun.

The Square Gallery, 5 The Arcade, St.Mawes, TR2 5DT. 01326 270720/

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Football and Shopping – winter scenes in Battersea and Chelsea

The Beautiful Game in Battersea Park

I took a break from west country beach images this month and devoted my time instead to a brace of London works. With the football season in full swing The Beautiful Game In Battersea Park is a painted and embroidered snapshot of footie on the banks of the Thames. With Battersea Power Station in the background, and Asta Puppy looking at something in particular, parents watch on as the young blues look to be getting the better of the young reds.

Flower Stall on Sloane Square

Not so far away is Peter Jones, on the Kings Road, where I worked in the haberdashery department for three months after leaving Goldsmith College. I’ve always loved the flower stall on Sloane Square and enjoyed quite a few lunch breaks on that bench. I’ve tried to capture west London style; there are Chelsea ladies buying flowers, another talking on a mobile, and fashionable west Londoners going about their business.

‘The Beautiful Game in Battersea Park’ and ‘Flower Stall On Sloane Square’ are framed and ready to go; £620 each.


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A South West London Stitch Up – see me at this month’s Affordable Art Fair, in Battersea

Coffee Break With Venus On Sloane Square

Coffee Break With Venus On Sloane Square

Last year I adapted my painted/silk taffeta Cornish beach scenes to encompass London’s Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath. This month much of the work I am showing at Art’s Blooming Marvellous, at Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair (March 13-16), has a south west London feel.

I will be showing on the Beyond The Sea Stand, belonging to a Cornish art company with galleries in Padstow and St.Ives.

Of the five new London images on show are ‘Coffee Break With Venus On Sloane Square’, that is just what it says; looking north along Sloane Street with buses and taxis, cyclists, walkers and a group of people sat around the statue of Venus. Another is ‘A Spring In Their Step In Battersea Park’, looking west along the embankment with Chelsea Bridge in the distance and a cavalcade of joggers, cyclists, and dogs. You don’t have to look far to find Asta.

A Spring In Their Step At Battersea Park

A Spring In Their Step At Battersea Park

Then there is ‘Posing At The Pagoda’, depicting the same spot but facing the other way, with the Albert Bridge in the distance and, a golden Buddha and a family posing for a photograph – on an iPad.

Posing At The Pagoda

Posing At The Pagoda

This three (and they may be more, I’ll have to wait and see) will be joined by three more familiar Cornish scenes: ‘Snap Happy On Constantine Beach’; ‘Jump For Joy’ and ‘Summer Days At Brea Hill’.

Summer Days At Brea Hill

Summer Days At Brea Hill

Prices are from £595-£695. Beyond The Sea, Stand E3, Art’s Blooming Marvellous, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ. Thursday March 13 to Sunday March 16, 2014.

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Rendezvous Goldsmiths

Snap Happy On Constantine

Snap Happy On Constantine

If you find yourself in north Wales, between now and the beginning of December do call in at the wonderful Ruthin Craft Centre.  It was a real privilege to be invited to show at Rendevous, where three of my pictures sit alongside those by a number of other artists who either studied or taught at London’s Goldsmiths College, where I was a student in the late 1970s.  The idea is to show the impact of Goldsmiths College then and now with work from students and teachers still producing to this day.

Wetsuit Weather

Wetsuit Weather

This is how the Ruthin Craft Centre describes the exhibition: ‘There are three pieces of my works on show: Snap Happy On Constantine, Wet Suit Weather and Dog Day on Primrose Hill. I am also delighted that two of my Goldsmith friends are showing there too. Sally Spens, my partner for so many years in the textile company, Bentley & Spens, and Sue Kinley, who like Sally lives in Cornwall and did for a while teach art at Falmouth.  There are two display cases of Bentley & Spens if you’d like to see how my work has evolved.’

Rendevous Goldsmiths, 21 September – 1 December 2013

Ruthin Craft Centre,  The Centre for Applied Arts,

Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1BB

+44 (0) 1824 704774

Dog Day on Primrose Hill

Dog Day on Primrose Hill

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