I never tire of painting Cambridge. I did not go to college here and have never worked at the University so I see the old buildings and traditions with some rose tinted glasses but little knowledge of what happens behind the scenes. It is very good to know that a lot of academics at the university buy my work.
With this painting I started with the title and then asked several people what it meant to them and I made my own list. Actually lists are a regular part of working towards a painting.
There had to be colleges in the painting so I chose the oldest and most splendid examples and added books and many images that are not part of the University but have a tenuous link; so you can see the Chronophage, the Eagle, a red poll cow and the giant pot in the shape of an owl that resides in the Fitzwilliam Museum.
The grass patterns (or millefleur) are from my love of Medieval Art and tapestries.
I paint with very small brushes so every detail is lovingly applied.
I paint detailed, dream-like images in oils on canvas which incorporate rich night skies and a shining moon. Stories inspired by the detail and pattern of medieval art, tapestries and my imagination. My work is very influenced by the wonderful city of Cambridge where I live.
Photographs can never do justice to my paintings as they change when the light catches the silver or copper leaf. If you would like to view my actual paintings please contact me to arrange a visit to my studio. My work can also be seen at Byard Art, 14 King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ, opposite King's College Chapel.
On July 1 & 2 and 8 & 9, I am sharing an Open Studio with Melanie Max at St Andrew's Church, Chesterton CB4 1DH. And on 22 & 23 July I will be back in my home studio at 309 Milton Road for the last week of Cambridge Open Studios 2023. Lots of roadworks along Milton Road at the moment but parking is available opposite my house down Kendal Way. At my home studio you can make your own mini painting with silver or copper leaf.