Why I support the Society for Sea Turtles of Kefalonia and how you can get involved in my Turtle Acrylic Painting Workshop at the SAA.Read More
New Annabella Boxes to benefit fish life, the environment and the Animal Haven!Read More
Acrylic on board original painting of Polo Player, Freddie Farquharson, in action at the Chukka Blue Hole Polo Ground, Hanover, Jamaica.Read More
The Sugarcane Ball, held in mid-February each year, is the largest fundraising event for the Hanover Charities. It is hosted at Round Hill Hotel & Villas and organised by a dedicated team, led by Katrin Casserly, who donate their time and expertise almost year-round. This glittering event is well-attended by home-owners and guests at Round Hill and Tryall, and all the ‘movers and shakers’ from the local community. The charity has for many years, been well-supported by certain celebrities whose contribution has gone far beyond the norm. Last year, Ralph Lauren was honoured for his continued contributions with a watercolour painting of his favourite spot at Round Hill, by Jannette Eyles, and thus began a new tradition.
This year’s recipient of the award was chosen to be Sir Christopher Hohn. So it was an honour and a privilege for me to be asked to paint a beautiful scene from his favourite spot in Hanover, Jamaica; a view of the sea through a glade of palm trees.
This landscape, in acrylic on a box canvas, is a large format (75 x 115 cms) and painted in a blocky style with large brushes and heavy body acrylic paints. The painting was also to have some very special inscriptions on the back…
Katrin invited me to attend the Hanover Charities Scholarship Recipients’ Lyme, which she hosted, at her home in Kempshot, just after Christmas. I went along, with my half finished canvas, not knowing what to expect, but having been told, ‘I might offer some encouragement and inspiration’ to this group of young people. In fact, the opposite turned out to be the case. Over 150 scholarship recipients attended, some in their first year of university, some having just qualified as fully fledged professionals. Mingling amongst them, I was touched by their appreciation for the opportunities they have been given for tertiary education: pharmacists, doctors, accountants, media, IT and a host of other arenas. Those who spoke publicly to the group were eloquent, confident, accomplished, and inspiring. Their stories touched my heart, each of them so very conscious of where they would have been, now, without the scholarship’s aid and of their commitment to ‘give back’, uplifting, not only their families, but their entire community, with the benefits of their learning.
During the afternoon, they each added a note of thanks or, at least, their name, to the back of the canvas. Coming back to work on that canvas, I could feel the precious messages, the energy of gratitude that was being given, along with the piece of art. As I painted, I thought about how much good can be accomplished by the generosity of one individual, let alone a whole community, when those donations are put into the right hands. The cumulative impact that Hanover Charities has been having on this traditionally impoverished parish, over the years, must be positive indeed.
The painting was presented to Sir Christopher Hohn’s parents at the Sugarcane Ball and will be shipped to his London home for him to enjoy, along with many heartfelt messages of thanks.
If you feel inspired to donate to Hanover Charities, you can visit their website and go here to donate:
This lovely Yellow-billed Parrot was painted from a photo taken by Wendy Ann Lee, scientist, photographer, birder, game keeper and proprietor of the Seven Oaks Sanctuary for Wildlife, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
Wendy is passionate about rescuing both species of these parrots, endemic to Jamaica (this and the black-billed), which are protected under law. However, it is a long uphill road in educating the public and keeping the young birds out of the hands of unscrupulous pet traders.
I painted the parrot, both because its beauty and friendly look appealed, but also to raise awareness of the important work that Wendy undertakes, pretty-much single-handed. I am donating 20% of the proceeds to her Sanctuary and if you feel inspired to do the same, you can contact Wendy by email at
or follow her FB Page: Seven Oaks Sanctuary for Wildlife
To watch a live painting time-lapse of the Yellow -billed Parrot Painting, go here:
PS: I am happy to say that the painting was sold to a very eco-conscious young man in Kingston, who even knew the Latin name for the Parrot, Amazona collara. A huge thank you to you for supporting Wendy’s efforts at SOS Wildlife Sanctuary.
Understanding a few quirky facts about this Parrotfish could change how you choose your next dinner…Read More
Have you ever hesitated over buying an original painting because you are not sure how it will look on your wall? READ ON for one possible solution...
Sometimes, the opportunity arises for a spot of painting outdoors and the weather even co-operates, but by the time I've thought about what to take out of my normal painting equipment, half my painting time has gone. To get around this, I keep a light-weight rucksack ready to go with just 10 items already packed:
- watercolour travel palette, with colour in pans and space to mix
- brush, squirrel hair round, size 12 (an elastic band holds this against my palette)
- black ink, fine tip felt pen, for sketching (optional watercolour markers)
- A4 watercolour pad or block
- a few sheets of kitchen paper towel
- a refilled, litre plastic bottle of water (for painting and drinking)
- a recycled plastic yogurt pot, (or collapsible water pot)
- small spray water bottle
- small towel, to sit on
With these bare essentials ready to grab and go when the chance appears, I no longer waste any time collecting what I need, when I could be painting instead!
VIEWPOINTS: A series of artistic conversations 17th - 22nd April // Espacio Gallery, LondonRead More