All Hail Thee, O Allerton Oak

The Allerton Oak is a much-loved feature of Calderstones Park in the suburbs of Liverpool, inspiring generations of local people with its enigmatic presence. Working from field images and sketches, I created a painting of the tree in the Spring of 2014.

The Death of Anton Webern

Composer Anton Webern was killed in tragic circumstances in 1945. The words that follow, in serialist construction, emerged from an interesting process that sought to glimpse the moment and method of his untimely passing away.

Night, Boreray

Forty one miles west of the Outer Hebrides lies the ancient archipelago of St Kilda, the remotest corner of Europe and home to the most important breeding site for seabirds in the UK.

There are no inhabitants, the last community of St Kildans having been evacuated in the 1930s.

For those unacquainted by the islands I would……

Kildan Olivine Gabbro

The outer beauty of the St Kilda is secretly matched on a microscopic scale. For all the monumental drama of the ancient archipelago, there is a corresponding unseen dance of crystalline minerals, beautifully frozen in time by the fiery labours of the Eocene period.