The Virgin of Philae

Who could not be moved by the journey of a tiny craft across the sea of space to land on a pinprick of an island that is Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko?


Day, Stac Lee

The following poem accompanies a painting of the same name in the KIlda series. Of note, Stac Lee forms one of a trinity of rock forms north of the main island of Hirta.


The Union of St Kilda and San Michele

This painting is an attempt to give a meaning of scale to Stac Lee in the Kildan archipelago. Photographs fail to……


Winter Solstice: Stac an Armin

I’ve recently finished a large painting for the St Kilda series – Winter Solstice, Stac an Armin.


All Hail Thee O Allerton Oak

Five miles south of the centre of Liverpool lies Calderstones Park, a beautifully maintained urban park and gardens and formerly the grounds of Harthill and Calderstones Houses.

The park contains the remarkable living record of a far earlier moment in the city’s history. An ancient sessile oak tree (Quercus petraea) which is likely to date from……