Lady eating soup.

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If you draw a lot, you may notice unexpected connections or patterns pop up in your work—happy accidents if you like. While drawing the above lady enjoying her soup on the top-floor café of Halifax Public Library, I noticed a construction crane operating in the background. All of a sudden, they seemed to be working in tandem; as the lady carefully lifted the soup to her lips, the crane would heave its building materials. This revelation drove the drawing across the sketchbook, and the whole thing took on a life of its own.

Media: Fine brush pen.

Scenes from Parliament: The Commons

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A study of the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions. I started this piece as technical challenge; I wanted to see if I could handle this much information while at the same time keep everything in perspective. Towards the end I became much more efficient at painting these miniature portraits, and began to render them in groups rather than individually. I enjoyed distilling the tiny figures into a few brush strokes, in the distance they become entirely abstract. If you look closely you might just be able to spot Theresa May to the left of the Dispatch Box, she sports long legs tipped with pointy shoes, and her signature salt and pepper hair.

Media: Gouache.

Scenes from Parliament: Theresa May

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I’m fascinated by Mrs May’s voluminous hair, it seems to have a life of its own. Painted here, in all it’s glory, from a recent Prime Minister’s Questions. It must take hours to sculpt this Thatcheresque helmet of hair every morning—how does the Prime Minister find the time? Perhaps Number 10 has an in-house hairdresser, and it’s all done while Theresa is munching her Cornflakes…

Media: Gouache.