This painting was done “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel as the annual Swim across the Lake was taking place. It is 5 km across and takes an average person a few hours to do, so I had plenty of time to capture it! It was very special to see this and also to capture it in paint as it gave the lake a very unique atmosphere and view. Seeing so many people stretched across the whole lake was really a sight to behold! Apparently 20,000 people took part in this event and I was very lucky to experience it. For this piece I first sketched it out in Ink and then added thin Acrylic paint over the top, adding to it as the view of the swimmers changed throughout the day.
This painting was done “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel on the day before the annual Swim Across the Lake, as the course was being prepared. You can see the floating platforms spreading across the lake, although they were moved to the side on this day as it was feared a typhoon would cause the event to be cancelled. Luckily, the typhoon never hit and the event took place the following day.
This was painted “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after sunrise one beautiful morning. It is a view of the bay and fishing platforms nearest to our hotel with Wen-Wu Temple visible in the background. I find the fishing platforms very interesting and wanted to capture them in this piece using Ink over Acrylic Paint to add detail. This lake is very beautiful and the shades of green change colour all throughout the day. It was an interesting challenge to try to capture this scene with a lot of movement and changes of colour happening as I painted it.
This was painted “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after sunrise one bright morning. It is a view of the largest town on the lake called Sway-Sur which was directly opposite our hotel across the lake. I really enjoyed drawing and painting in the bright but soft early morning light as it gave the lake a very serene and fresh feeling.
This was painted “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after sunrise one bright morning. It is a view of the bay and fishing platforms nearest to our hotel. I originally planned to add more colour to it, but decided not to as I thought the pale colours captured the effect of the bright morning light quite well.
This piece was drawn “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after the sunrise early one morning. It was a beautiful morning and the surface of the lake was reflecting the colours of the trees and mountains of the bay near our hotel. I also love to see the colours of the sky and Wen-Wu Temple reflected in the lake. This is a view of the many fishing platforms that can be seen on the lake.
This Acrylic on Canvas piece was made for an exhibition called “Red” at the Redroom in Taipei City, Taiwan. It is inspired by the passion and love shown by the supporters of my hometown football club Liverpool FC. It is a subject that I have wanted to capture for a while and this gave me the perfect chance to do so.
Just before the start and end of each game supporters will raise scarves and flags and join together to sing the club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It’s always a very moving experience and even after hearing it 1000’s of times it still gives me goosebumps and stirs emotions. It is a great show of unity, support and passion and is our way of trying to lift our team and help them perform at their highest level. The supporters become the “Twelfth Man” adding an extra dimension to the team.