Things that inspire me!

James Gunn Portraits at Croxteth Hall

It has been a pretty hectic Summer in the studio working on projects and commissions so I’ve not managed to update much on here. However, I had to share these snaps from the brilliant Croxteth Hall that I visited a few weeks ago. As I looked around the stately home (which is stunning) I [...]

September 30th, 2019|Inspiration|

Inspirational Places – Hoghton Tower, Lancashire

Historic House in the Heart of Lancashire This Father’s Day I enjoyed a visit to one of the most impressive historic houses in the North West. Hoghton Tower is one of the finest Renaissance buildings in the country and I was surprised at just how much there is to see at the venue. Elevated on [...]

July 7th, 2016|Inspiration|

Romney, Reynolds and Raeburn

In my last blog entry I discussed a recent visit to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and some of my favourite portraits in their fine art collection. Following on from that update I wanted to explore the paintings of three artists in a little more detail. Hung alongside one another in the gallery are examples [...]

Portraits at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

On Saturday, I was able to make a very quick visit to the brilliant Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Despite being on a strict time schedule I managed to track down some of the best portraits in the gallery’s collection and wanted to share my thoughts on some of my favourites. The Magnificent Round [...]

Inspirational Places – Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire

Elizabethan Hall in Lancashire In this latest blog about inspirational places I’ve pulled together a few photos and thoughts on one of the finest historic country houses in Lancashire. Tucked away on the bank of the River Calder in the shadow of Pendle Hill, Gawthorpe Hall is a fantastic Jacobean Hall with a rich history. [...]

March 17th, 2016|Inspiration|

Royal Portraits at Buckingham Palace

A few weeks ago I managed to get down to London for a day where I finally visited Buckingham Palace. I’ve wanted to tour the iconic Palace for a few years now and I wasn’t disappointed. I visited the palace with a Royal Day Out ticket which included access to the Royal Mews and Queen's [...]

August 20th, 2015|Inspiration, Portraits|

Military Portrait Paintings at Stirling Castle

During a tour of Scotland last month I spent a day exploring the fabulous Stirling Castle and was delighted to discover the inspirational military portrait paintings of The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum. The Great Hall, Stirling Castle Perched high on top of Castle Hill, overlooking the city, the historic fortification is [...]

December 18th, 2014|Inspiration, Portraits|

Inspirational Places – Dunham Massey Hall

Military Hospital, Antique Treasures and Portraits I recently visited the fantastic Dunham Massey Hall in Trafford near Altrincham, Manchester. The moated Georgian house is set in a beautiful deer park and contains a superb collection of regency treasures including paintings, furniture and silverware. For 2014 the house has another reason to visit, with part of [...]