• This is my favourite malt Dalwhinnie. It is the most elevated distillery in the Highlands, last time I was there it was mid May and there was a snowstorm that turned the A9 white. The whisky ‘tot’ to the right is a beautiful Edwardian one, handmade glass topped with silver.
    H 17 cm x W 21 cm
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    When I don’t know what to paint next I turn to my little red book. Every time we have an idea or simply a title I write it down, I look through the book and suddenly the title becomes an idea. I began with the chocolates and then I arranged everything around them until I had a complete composition.
    H 26 cm x W 34 cm
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    So Marion suggested I paint my 7 favourite silver jugs and call it ‘The magnificent 7’. What one doesn’t realise when starting is that every jug has jugs reflected in it and within those reflections is reflected the same jug one is painting. Talk about confusing, at the end of every day my head was spinning and after 23.5 long consecutive days I finished it.
    H 20 cm x W 41 cm
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  • Some time ago we visited our favourite restaurant in Penrith, it’s called ‘Four and Twenty’ and we were rather taken with the napkins. I asked if I could buy one of each colour, they gave me three free of charge.
    H 37 cm x W 47 cm
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    It’s really refreshing when a client asks for something special and is on my wavelength. Often it can be a request for a copy of an earlier work which is just wrong, or to include a totally inappropriate personal item. The very nature of the still life is that I use favourite elements and use them in several works and indeed this particular painting began with the most important element the decanter and my favourite too. The collector then selected all the most appropriate items to accompany it, I couldn’t have chosen better myself.
    H 34 cm x W 25 cm
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    I can’t resist snowdrops; the garden is full of them. The way they keel over after a sharp frost then stand erect when the sun warms them up, nodding defiantly as the strong northerly threatens to flatten them.
    H 20.5 cm x W 14 cm
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    It’s always rather daunting starting to paint a living, moving subject. It was such a tall stem I had to cut it from the pot and put it in water…..orchids don’t seem to like that. After two days it started to protest and I had to work every hour of the day to complete it.
    H 33 cm x W 18.5 cm
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    Another genus of flowering plants I have always loved are the various clematis. This one is so vigorous throwing up multiple stems every year and clinging to everything within its grasp. Just outside the studio door it just begged to be painted.
    H 20 cm x W 13 cm
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  • My godmother Aunt Joyce used to like me to read Kipling to her. She often bought me books of poetry for Christmas and Kipling would be my favourite. In the Terry Wogan days I wrote quite a lot of poems, not the type Kipling would write more a cross between Pam Ayers and Stanley Holloway.
    H 18 cm x W 27 cm
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  • I always thought the Georgians locked up their tea because it was so expensive, not so with this Worcester tea caddy from the Chamberlain factory. Accompanying it are two slightly earlier pieces and a modern knife.
    H 20 cm x W 26.5 cm
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  • Once the spring strawberries start to appear I can’t wait to get them in a painting. Often the simplest arrangements are the most pleasing and that splash of bright red gives the painting a real zing and pulls the eye in.
    H 21.5 cm x W 16.5 cm
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    Another garden favourite are the Lily of the Valley. But I must admit to having to spray half of them with weed killer last year lest they take over. They are a great subject, they keep still while I paint them.
    H 18 cm x W 11.5 cm
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    This lovely silver bowl is a new purchase, made by Walker and Hall, I don’t know if it’s a large bon-bon dish or a small fruit dish. The decanter is a late Georgian one, beautifully blown with a perfect pontil mark on the base where the craftsman cut the finished article from the blowing rod.
    H 29 cm x W 20.5 cm
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    When I was young (in case you spring chickens are wondering, yes it was the middle of the last century) on Mother’s Day we were expected to help mum in all that she did around the home and we also biked out (no car in those days) with my father to the local woods to collect daffodils and snowdrops for a posy.
    H 24 cm x W 24 cm
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  • When I saw these little apples they took me back to my childhood. My maternal grandfather was a market gardener, a specialist chrysanthemum grower. He also had an orchard and marketed the apples but in the middle was a small tree that produced small red apples and they were never picked so I ate them, they were sweet and crisp, I guess the tree was the pollinator. As for the title, a play on words in many ways, the apples are a variety called Rockit, originating in New Zealand but these were grown in Kent.
    H 15.5 cm x W 24 cm
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  • Always a favourite decanter to paint; again it was a title I had in my little book; I just needed to put it together. I had a silver French tasting bowl in it originally but senior management said it didn’t work so I took it out before starting.
    H 28.5 cm x W 20 cm
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