Thursday, 31 December 2015


Thursday, 5 November 2015


We are composed of three basic aspects of the self ~ the physical or tangible aspects as they relate to the body, the intellectual and conscious aspects as they relate to the mind, and the emotional and intuitive aspects as they relate to the spirit. All three aspects of the self work together in harmony, simultaneously allowing the artist to bring into transcendental expressionist attuning a first step of union with the infinite. Saint Francis of Assisi was the obvious inspiration for this exercise in oils.

Aspects of the Self

The self-portraits of many contemporary artists are often characterised by a strong sense of narrative, often but not strictly limited to vignettes from the artist's life-story. My own have been more inward, transcendental journeys on canvas; supernatural, abstruse, abstract; unlocking the spontaneous child who does not know, much less acknowledges, the rules. The content and consciousness meld into a seeking of inner truth. I learned, both as a poet and painter, that I am the student and the child is the teacher.

Thursday, 15 October 2015


Sunday, 4 October 2015


St Francis of Assisi; born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, aka Francesco. (1181/1182 –  1226) 

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Alternate title: Portents in the Sky

Thursday, 17 September 2015


Sunday, 13 September 2015


Ichthys or Ichthus (/ˈɪkθəs/), from the Greek ikhthýs (ἰχθύς, "fish").

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) is an backronym/acrostic for "Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ," (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour." Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus."

Saturday, 12 September 2015


Friday, 11 September 2015


Alternate title; The Third Portal

Sunday, 30 August 2015


My painting Saint Francis of Assisi and the Heavenly Melody is initially inspired by Olivier Messiaen's The Angel Musicians from Saint Francis of Assisi, Music from Heaven, and, of course, the various medieval works depicting the death of Saint Francis of Assisi, plus the famous. albeit more recent work, by Frank Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958) who was known as the last of the Pre-Raphaelites. With the exception of the death of Saint Francis where an angel is invariably always in close proximity, other works have generally been set in daylight. Mine is set at dusk with a full moon in evidence to enhance the mystical aspect of the occasion where a celestial melody entrances the little saint on whose feast day I was episcopally consecrated. My mother fell into quiet repose on the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels one year later, having been preceded by four months by Messiaen, one of my favourite composers who shared the same birthday as my father who died eight years after them both.  

Saturday, 15 August 2015


"Stunning, it is electric, magnificent, it portrays all of the joy and the pain that the Mother of God suffered." — Anthony Hill

Saturday, 8 August 2015



The Countess

Saturday, 1 August 2015


Thursday, 30 July 2015


Judas has become the most despised person in the annals of human history. His personality is the darkest in the chronicles of the world, and the name Judas itself bears a stigma, reflecting the scorn for him that burns within us. The New Testament writers disdain Judas to such a degree that in every list of the disciples given in the Gospels, Judas is listed last, with a note of contempt after his name.

Hatred for Judas was so deep in the years following the closing of the New Testament that several incredible legends about him evolved. They describe bizarre occurrences, characterising Judas as ugly, evil, and totally repugnant. One, in the apocryphal Coptic Narrative, said that Judas, having betrayed Christ, was infested with maggots. Sin is never more grotesque than it is in the life of Judas. When we study Judas and his motivations, we are prying very close to the activity of Satan.

"He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."

When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said: 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me."

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


Lazarus of Bethany, also known as Saint Lazarus or Lazarus of the Four Days, is the subject of a prominent miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus restores him to life four days after his death.

In the context of the Gospel of John, the narrative of the Raising of Lazarus forms the climactic sign. Each of Jesus' seven signs illustrates some particular aspect of his divine authority, but this one exemplifies his power over the last and most irresistible enemy of humanity — death. For this reason it is given a prominent place in the gospel.

When Jesus arrives in Bethany, he finds that Lazarus is dead and has already been in his tomb for four days. He meets first with Martha and Mary in turn. Martha laments that Jesus did not arrive soon enough to heal her brother and Jesus replies with the well-known statement: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." Later the narrator here gives the famous simple phrase, "Jesus wept."

In the presence of a crowd of Jewish mourners, Jesus comes to the tomb. Over the objections of Martha, Jesus has them roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb and says a prayer. He then calls Lazarus to come out and Lazarus does so, still wrapped in his grave-cloths. Jesus then calls for someone to remove the grave-cloths, and let him go.

The narrative ends with the statement that many of the witnesses to this event "believed in Him." Others are said to report the events to the religious authorities in Jerusalem.

The Gospel of John mentions Lazarus again in chapter 12. Six days before the Passover on which Jesus is crucified, Jesus returns to Bethany and Lazarus attends a supper that Martha, his sister, serves. Jesus and Lazarus together attract the attention of many Jews and the narrator states that the chief priests consider having Lazarus put to death because so many people are believing in Jesus on account of this miracle.

The miracle of the raising of Lazarus, the longest coherent narrative in John aside from the Passion, is the climax of John's "signs." It explains the crowds seeking Jesus on Palm Sunday, and leads directly to the decision of Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin to kill Jesus.

It is notable that Lazarus is the only resurrected character in the Bible (besides Himself) that Jesus personally refers to as "dead." The Daughter of Jairus, whom He resurrected at another time, was said by Jesus to have been "sleeping."

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


This is my depiction (oil on canvas) of the Magdalena (the original version of the name Magdalene) or, as she is better known in the British Isles, Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. She was present at Our Lords' Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus' empty tomb. Fourteen years after Our Lord's death, Mary Magdalene was put in a boat by the Jews without sails or oars - along with Saints Lazarus and Martha, St Maximin (who baptised her), St Sidonius ("the man born blind"), her maid Sera, and the body of St Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin. 

They were sent drifting out to sea and landed on the shores of Southern France, where Mary Magdalene spent the rest of her life as a contemplative in a cave known as Sainte-Baume. She was given the Holy Eucharist daily by angels as her only food, and died when she was seventy-two. St Mary Magdalene was transported miraculously, just before she died, to the chapel of St Maximin, where she received the last sacraments.

When Our Lord was crucified, she was there at the foot of His cross, unafraid for herself, and thinking only of His sufferings. No wonder Jesus said of her: "She has loved much."

After Jesus' body had been placed in the tomb, Mary went to anoint it with spices early Easter Sunday morning. Not finding the Sacred Body, she began to weep, and seeing someone whom she thought was the gardener, she asked him if he knew where the Body of her beloved Master had been taken. But then the person spoke in a voice she knew so well:


It was Jesus, risen from the dead! He had chosen to show Himself first to Mary Magdalene.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Full title: Exorcist and Vampirologist

(oil on canvas + mixed media)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Full title: Journey through the Afterlife

Saturday, 13 June 2015


Full title: Ecce Homo

Friday, 12 June 2015


Full title: Signum Crucis

Friday, 5 June 2015


(Mixed media / oil on canvas)

Saturday, 30 May 2015


La Demoiselle de la Sanct Grael is inspired by Malory's Morte d'Arthur, where she is mentioned three times in Book XI. Malory describes her as “passynge fayre and yonge” (XI, ii), and as “[dressed] alle in whyte.” She is dressed in red in my painting, as Grail symbolism can be red and/or white. I have taken the Arthurian figure of the Grail maiden to create for her what has already been established by the Pre-Raphaelites, eg Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as a pervasive and influential conception of her mystical visual form.

Sunday, 24 May 2015


Full title: Tickets to Ride (mixed media)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Portal III

Portal III (abstract version above):  Dreamscape

Portal II

It was a sacred place lying far to the west, veiled in mystery, which we were
privileged to glimpse and enter before the portal closed upon our departure ...


Original Title:  A Moment in the Life of the Artist as a Young Man.

Alternate Title:  Pathway to the Portal of the Suspected Tomb.

Saturday, 9 May 2015


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Janet (1)

Janet (2)