From time to time I set up a still-life to paint as a private and contemplative exercise. I’m attracted by objects with history such as old china dishes and metal boxes – things that have been used to hold or contain other elements, but that have their own distinct character. I’m also fascinated by the problems posed by painting reflective, glazed and decorated surfaces and contrasting them with other textures and with the underpinning of geometrical structure.

Artists whose paintings of understated still life that I revere include Jean Baptiste Chardin and Giorgio Morandi.


Drawings and watercolours

Italian straw hat













Oil paintings

Creamware tea bowl