Paintings that bring hope

I love using what I’ve got to let others ‘in’ on the good news of Jesus. There were a few people I painted for recently who needed to know that they can have and hold on to hope. That they are known and loved by God. Each painting carried a specific message- they’re simple and…

“Do I still yearn for your glory to lighten on me?”

I have spent the past three days at Breakout gathering, a time for pioneers across the streams of churches to gather and support one another as well as have some direction and input. Roy Searle led us to consider the ancient Celts to help us pioneer today. Their Rhythm and Patterns in connecting with God…

Opening my eyes to what is right under my nose…

I’m still fascinated with the detail of the grasses and plants that are right under my nose wherever I go. Ruth and I are travelling around Italy, inter-railing with our 3 teenage children and celebrating 20 years of marriage. It’s a non stop jaw dropping ‘soak it all in’ kind of holiday with medieval scenes…

The JOY of painting for people…

One of the joys of what I do is that I get to paint commissions for people for significant occasions in their lives. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, brightening up a home as well as being a reminder to the recipient some of the promises of God over their lives. Birthdays, retirements, new…

Experimenting with watercolour styles…

I’m on holiday. Deep breath, deep rest kind of time. While there’s plenty of time to relax, catch up with family and sleep too, holiday is also a good time to sharpen up some artistic skills and experiment in new ways of painting. Here’s some of my watercolour practices from my sketchbook seeking to capture…

Serving as chaplain on Bardsey…

Last week I got to serve as chaplain on the beautiful island of Bardsey. It’s a far cry from city centre chaplaincy but the principles stay the same: love Jesus and hope that others may also come to love him too. It really is a privilege to serve as chaplain as I got to do…

Painting from my knees

I painted 4 scenes over the time I served as chaplain on Bardsey Island last week. They are all about the place of where it was painted. A wet grey morning or a bright blue afternoon- on my knees, bowed low and uncomfortable looking through the grass. They’re painted from a place of worship and…

New voices, ancient truths

This painting is about the good news of Jesus that doesn’t change. The means of which the gospel is communicated does change however, and it needs to adapt for the sake of those who have yet to make any sense of the message of Jesus. The painting depicts the harvest; it is white and is…

Poured Out

I was commissioned by a Baptist church to paint for a their ministers, (husband and wife team) who were moving from the church into another kind of ministry. I pictured them like a bowl where the Glory of God was poured out from, nourishing and bringing lots of fruit. It’s painted using acrylic inks, and…