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Two Rivers Paper, my studio supplier.

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Two Rivers Paper, my studio supplier.

I’ve always had a fascination about paper. One of the exciting things as an artist over the years has been exploring paper types. I’m also a huge fan of sustainability minded local suppliers. So a local paper-maker using a water mill was too good an opportunity not to explore. Recommend to me by a fan of my work last year. Now, TwoRivers paper is one of my favourite paper companies to supply watercolour paper to the studio, and the only company I am currently using for studio books and sketch books. Alongside nearby StCuthberts Mill, they are jointly my go-to suppliers for...

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A portrait of Daljit Aubby

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A portrait of Daljit Aubby

Daljit is a scout leader, a compassionate wonderful person whom has spent decades volunteering in the UK and across the world helping others through scouting. He’s a friend whom I never fail to feel happy after talking too. His portrait, conducted over the internet because of the pandemic from a photograph captures his sensitivity and thoughtfulness -although not perhaps his mischievous sense of humour.  The multiple neckerchief add that send of how many roles and responsibilities Daljit takes on to support, educate and empower others in his volunteering. The portrait is watercolour on locally made watercolour card, 30x40cm and was...

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HH the 14th Dalai Lama, 2014

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HH the 14th Dalai Lama, 2014

A watercolour on paper from 2014 of my good friend HH the 14th Dalai Lama.  An amazing person who is always bathed in colour.

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Manson Bertaux, soho, 2010

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Manson Bertaux, soho, 2010

One from my archives, Maison Bertaux, an amazing small Café in London’s Soho.  Painted here in watercolour and guaché on paper.

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Desmond Tutu, a portrait from 2018

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Desmond Tutu, a portrait from 2018

A portrait of Desmond Tutu, painted for an interfaith event in India in 2018. I tired to capture not just his faith, but his humanity, his statue as a great leader and Rights campaigner. It is also evident from anyone that has met him that he has an element of compassionate mischief to him, a love of laughter and joy.  By using the angle of his glasses, raised up in happiness and a smile emerging I hope I captured this. The smile was a lot of re-working and sketching, early ideas were a smirked smile to a wide open happy...

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