How I Spent A Whole Day In The Studio

Just two days after emerging from quarantine in Malta, we found ourselves back in lockdown as the coronavirus surges around us. With nowhere to go and with a new appreciation for just how risky it is to go out, this was the perfect time for me to get back into my art studio, after a... Continue Reading →

Why We Should Teach Our Children About Unusual Animals

Have you ever heard of an Axolotl? Known as the “walking fish” this almost translucent aquatic creature is actually a salamander that retains its juvenile form with visible gills into adulthood. It’s also the first animal in my Wild ABCs collection of paintings, inspired by my four-month-old son (who’s already growing so fast I wish... Continue Reading →

The Storytelling Artist

My paintings have never been explicitly personal. The stories of any specific painting tend to appear after the work has been completed, rather than before it. Sometimes it’s a simple source of inspiration: one song title or one piece of music that triggered the colour scheme, or a particular story of an animal or planet... Continue Reading →

The Legacy of the Blue Macaw

I don't have many connections to Sao Paolo. Passing through it's bustling and somewhat cold airport a few months ago, I couldn't have felt further from Brazil's rich rainforests, immense diversity and un-contacted tribes. Yet this place was thrown in front of me a couple of days ago, when news of extinct blue parrots started... Continue Reading →

Art Diaries: Chilean Wildlife

Today I decided to do some quick and loose sketches of Chilean wildlife from my trip. Sketching in watercolour is great fun: it loosens up the wrists and allows you to create a quick impression of what it is your painting. There were several amazing wildlife spots that we stumbled upon. Of course, if you... Continue Reading →

Why I Love Watercolours

If I had to choose to only ever paint in one medium again, I'd find myself torn between my two loves, oils and watercolours. It's a pretty 50/50 split in the works that I do, and both mediums have their advantages and disadvantages. Both are notoriously tricky to master, as well. I think for me,... Continue Reading →

Birdbrain!

"Birdbrain": we've all heard the term, bandied it around, perhaps even referred to another person as one. But where does this come from, and does it have any merit? The common notion is that birds are, to put in bluntly, dumb. But birds aren't stupid at all. By proportion, they have pretty tiny brains (a... Continue Reading →

Painting the Night Sky

It might be mid winter, but in Malta, we're pretty lucky with our long hours or sunlight, mild winters and relatively steady climate. What this island is unfortunately not very good for is stargazing, as there's far too much light pollution - apart from in a few hard-to-get-to places - to see anything more than... Continue Reading →

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