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17 November 2023


Please please please can you help me raise funds for the SPINAL INJURIES ASSOCIATION (SIA) by buying one or more of my cards - 50% of the cost of each card will go the Spinal Injuries Association.

1 card £2.50
3 cards £7
5 cards £10
+ p &p

Why? Well for one week only (12pm 28 November - 12pm 5 December 2023), the Big Give Campaign means that any donation to the SIA is worth TWICE as much! So that means that 50% of your donation will be doubled to the full cost of the card!!!

If you would like to order any cards, please can you let me know by 5pm Sunday 3 December 2023 so I can make sure any donations are doubled. Any support would be hugely appreciated!

Please contact me if you have any queries, many thanks.

8 November 2023

We set out early this morning in the rain and winds to hang paintings for the last Swallowtails Fine Artists Exhibition of 2023. Five hours, a bacon bap and several mugs of tea later and the walls are now looking great. So good to see both new and familiar faces and hear positive comments. If you are about near NWT Cley, do pop in and take a look!

28 October 2023

Just back from the super framer to collect work ready for my next exhibition outing with Swallowtail Fine Artists at NWT Cley starting on 8 November 2023. A magnificent venue for a walk for a spot of birdwatching, followed by tea and cake in the cafe!
Come and take a look if you’re in the area!

13 October 2023

A couple of years ago I was asked if I would consider donating a painting to the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) Head Office in Milton Keynes.Having been a member of the SIA for many years, it is a charity very close to my heart. This week I was asked if I would be happy to provide the SIA with a short biography to be placed on a plaque underneath the large hare painting I donated in 2021 because people often ask about the artwork on the wall. I was delighted to oblige and hopefully it inspires others, paralysed or not, to explore their creative side!

Meanwhile, not much productivity here at AJ Pastel Paintings HQ due to a problematic elbow! Ho hum...

11 October 2023

One of the things I love most is receiving parcels from Jacksons Art with my newly ordered art materials, whether it is a new pencil, paper, paint or brushs. Today I have taken delivery of some lovely new buttery Unison pastels - can't wait to start experimenting with some super new colours.

29 August 2023

A Swallowtail Fine Artists and Guests Art Ludham Exhibition success!

Lorraine, Tony and me had a super Bank Holiday Weekend at Art Ludham with our guest artists. Thanks to all our lovely visitors and thank you for your generous feedback. We had a fabulous time!

18 August 2023

One week to go until the Art Ludham exhibition. All printing done, posters up and posts on social media! Now we just need our lovely visitors to turn up and make this a super special weekend for all exhibiting artists.

31 July 2023

Looking forward to the next exhibition and in the company of some super guest artists!


29 July 2023

A Suffield Success!

Just back collecting artwork from Suffield Art and Craft Festival. A super big thank you to the new owners of Hannah the Hare, Purrfect and a limited edition print of Psst...I’m Hare and thank you for the lovely feedback. Thanks to Helen, Patricia and the team at the church for making us feel so welcome.

22 July 2023

I am delighted to say that I will have 4 paintings at the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle’s 205th art exhibition The exhibition runs 25 August - 1st September 2023 at South Creake Hall, The Memorial Pavilion, South Creake NR21 9PD. There will be lots of fabulous work for sale.

18 July 2023

I will be having a selection of work at the Suffield Arts and Craft Festival next weekend as part of Swallowtail Fine Artists. Event at St Margaret’s Suffield.

5 July 2023

Exciting news… date for your diary!

Art Ludham

29 June 2023

Delighted to have been to the Royal Norfolk Show today. After a wet morning, the sun broke through and there were plenty of crowds enjoying the entertainment. I could have come home with a new electric car, a few Shetland ponies and a field of Heavy horses but I just came home with a bucket hat! :)

Some nice feedback about the artwork and a lovely customer took Stalemate home with them. Ree’s Red followed later in the evening. Thank you!
A great exhibition, with plenty of super work catering for all tastes.

13 June 2023

Not long to go until the Royal Norfolk Show takes place. A great day out for the family and some nice art work in the Art Gallery - 28th and 29th June 2023.

Our Swallowtail Fine Artists exhibition at The Apex in Bury St Ed’s continues until 3 July 2023.

12 May 2023

UPDATE I am delighted to say that the Swallowtail Fine Artists exhibition at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds has been extended to 12 June 2023. Do take a look if you are in the area. The gallery is located on the first floor at this wonderful venue.

12 April 2023

The next exhibition as part of Swallowtail Fine Artists starts today.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 12 April 2023 - Sunday 14 May 2023, Mon to Sat 9:30am - 4.30pm, Sun 10.30am - 4pm

Swallowtail Fine Artists @ The Apex
Swallowtail Fine Artists @ The Apex

11 April 2023

Thank you to all those lovely people who went to the Potter Heigham Easter Art Exhibition and took my paintings home with them. Also thanks for the great comments. There were lots of sales by a variety of artists which several local charities will benefit from.

Looking forward to the next one!

5 April 2023

It’s going to be a busy Easter! Looking forward to the Potter Heigham Easter Art Exhibition which takes place Saturday 8 - Monday 10 April 2023 at Potter Heigham Village Hall.

I will also be exhibiting with my Swallowtail Fine Artists colleagues at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds from next week!

20 March 2023


I will have a few paintings at the Potter Heigham Art Exhibition alongside work by a number of other local artists. This exhibition has a special place in my art heart as it was the first place I exhibited and the first place that I sold paintings!

Potter Heigham Village Hall
Saturday 8th - Monday 10th April 2023

6 February 2023

Thank you to everyone who came to look at the Art Exhibition this weekend. Lorraine, Tony and I really enjoyed ourselves and it was lovely to see so many visitors and receive such positive comments about the work of Swallowtail Fine Artists.

I’ll be exhibiting in the Spring, details to follow.

4 February 2023

4-5 February 2023 11am-4pm

A lovely time at St Margaret’s Church, Thorpe Market today with my fellow Swallowtail Artists. Our first exhibition of 2023 opens again tomorrow alongside the first of the Sunday Snowdrop Walks taking place this month. Snowdrop Walk opens at 12noon, Swallowtail Art Exhibition opens at 11am. Refreshments available in the afternoon.

31 December 2022

Wishing all my supporters a very Happy and Healthy 2023

21 December 2022

Well 2022 has certainly been a busy year on the art front, with a number of exhibitions and commissions and, of course, my exciting new collaboration with Lorraine and Tony as part of Swallowtail Fine Artists. This week says ciao to the final painting to leave the studio this year.

I’d like to thank and wish all who have supported me throughout the year (whether that be by visiting an exhibition, buying a painting or card, or more generally for useful feedback) a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year. A special thanks to my family for their help and support, without which I would not be able to exhibit.

Look out for new work in 2023!

13 November 2022

A great three days at Thorpe Market exhibiting with my fellow Swallowtail Fine Artists, Lorraine and Tony. Lots of interest and great feedback from our lovely visitors. An additional highlight of the day was being the end destination for BBC Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest with the delightful Julie Reinger - what a lovely lady she is!


6 November 2022

The countdown begins for Swallowtail Fine Artists 2nd exhibition next week! Light refreshments will also be available. It’d be great to see your there!

Swallowtail Fine Artists at Thorpe Market

30 October 2022

Really thrilled that my ‘Chicken Chat’ painting sold at the Swaffham Art Exhibition this weekend. There was a huge range of excellent art on display - well worth a visit again next year all being well!

Chicken Chat Sold

28 October 2022

Just back after delivering paintings ready for the Swaffham Art Exhibition, Assembly Rooms, Swaffham run by the Rotary Club of Swaffham which takes place
Friday 28th October Preview evening, Saturday 29th October 09.00 -16.00 and Sunday 30th October 10.00 - 16.00.

Some lovely work being hung so looking forward to visiting!

15 October 2022

After a super successful first exhibition with Lorraine Auton and Tony Colledge, collectively ‘Swallowtail Fine Artists’, I am delighted to say that we will be having a second exhibition at St Margaret’s church, Thorpe Market in November. Further details to follow soon!

4 October 2022

So excited!


3 October 2022

Delighted to have sold Hugo Hare at the NNAC Handa Gallery Exhibition in Wells last week. I’m sure that Hugo will love living in his new home.

Hugo at Handa

28 September 2022

I am thrilled to be joining up with professional artists Lorraine Auton and Tony Colledge in a new venture, Swallowtail Fine Arts. More info to follow!

9 September 2022

We had the pleasure of attending the preview evening of the NNAC Art Exhibition at Wells Maltings, Handa Gallery last night. There is some really fabulous work of all subjects, sizes and mediums being exhibited at this lovely venue. I have 4 paintings on show. Furthermore, part of the exhibition has selected works and ephemera from former member of the Art Circle, Sir Alfred Munnings.

What could be better than a day trip to the North Norfolk coast, fish and chips on the quay and a wonderful art exhibition to finish!

Well worth a visit if you have the chance.

Free entry, 9th September - 2nd October 2022,
11am- 4pm daily.

23 July 2022

DIARY DATES 9th September - 2nd October 2022
NNAC Art Exhibition at The Handa Gallery, Wells Maltings

I am very happy to say that all 4 of my entries in the NNAC selection day for the above exhibition were accepted today. Very, very excited!

17 July 2022

I will have some work exhibited at the Skeyton Art Show 2022 (Art and Eat) which takes place Saturday 23 July to Sunday 24 July 2022 at Skeyton Village Hall. There will be a bar and BBQ from 1pm on Saturday and afternoon teas on Sunday. Art and food - two of my favourite things rolled into one! Weather is looking good as well. Come and take a look at a great selection of work by local artists.

30 June 2022

Super pleased to have sold Harriet Hare at the Royal Norfolk Show yesterday. She was a very popular little lady. The Arnold’s Art Gallery was full of fantastic artwork (300 works +) and there were red dots a plenty at this very popular exhibition showcasing the work of many talented artists. I look forward to next year! Enjoy your new home Harriet.

12 May 2022

The NNAC 202nd Art exhibition at The Forum, Norwich comes to a close this afternoon. By the sound of it, there have been lots of visitors and sales of work including one of my hare paintings. I’m so thrilled. Thanks to all the hard work by the NNAC Council for a great exhibition. Roll on the 203rd!

The next exhibition for me is the Royal Norfolk Show in June and I can’t wait.

5 May 2022

It’s nearly here! The 202nd (yes that’s really the 202nd!) Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle Exhibition at The Forum, Norwich. Opens tomorrow noon, 6 May 2022 until 13 May 2022, 9am to 5pm. Some wonderful artwork to see.

18 April 2022

Delighted to have sold 3 paintings at the 29th Potter Heigham Easter Art Exhibition this weekend. It’s so good to back after the Covid break and thanks to all who supported this very well run and well attended exhibition.

12 March 2022

DIARY DATE: NNAC Art Exhibition, The Forum, Norwich 6-13th May 2022

I am delighted to have had three paintings selected today at the NNAC selection day for the above exhibition. Please come and take a look if you are in Norwich!

10 March 2022

A few of my paintings will feature at the following:

Date: Saturday 16th April - Monday 18th April 2022
Venue: Potter Heigham Village Hall

Date: Wednesday 29th June - Thursday 30th June 2022
Venue: Norfolk Show Ground

Watch this space for further exhibition dates.

5 March 2022

In awe of the work by artist Hashim Akib after attending a NNAC workshop by Hashim today. His two brilliant demo paintings in acrylics - a portrait and an urban street scene - have definitely inspired me to get experimenting with the acrylics again.

7 February 2022
I am looking forward to having some of my paintings displayed at forthcoming local art exhibitions. Watch this space for dates!

19 December 2021
Wishing all my customers, past and present, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

16 October 2021

We had a great time and learnt lots at a workshop by Adebanji Alade this morning, hosted by the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle. It has definitely inspired me to get the acrylics out and attempt a colourful urban street scene - just stand back when my paint brushes come out!

14 August 2021

Fantastic news! Thanks to your support through my card sales in July, I have been able to donate £500 to the Spinal Injuries Association. I’ve had a few more orders since the deadline so am delighted to say that I will be making a further donation later this month.

Thanks so much to all those who have bought cards. The money raised will go towards helping people with spinal cord injury rebuild their lives.

1 August 2021

Delighted that my painting ‘Bashful’ on display at the NNAC exhibition at the Munnings Museum sold this weekend and will be hopping off to a new home.

Watch this space for any further exhibitions coming up!

5 July 2021

I am thrilled to say that, following a selection day at the weekend, I have a painting selected for the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle (NNAC) exhibition at the Munnings Art Museum in Dedham, Colchester. The exhibition which takes place in the grounds of the museum will take place between 28th July to 1st August 2021, see the Munnings Art Museum website or the NNAC website for further details.

1 July 2021

I will be taking orders for any of the paintings on this website in greeting card form throughout July 2021. I will be donating 25% of all sales to the Spinal Injuries Association. Please contact me via the contact page if you wish to make an order stating the quantity of cards required and the title/s. Many thanks for supporting!

1 card £2.50 + p &p
3 cards £7.00 + p &p
5 cards £10.00 + p & p

Please contact me if you have any queries, many thanks.

28 May 2021

I am delighted to say that the NNAC virtual exhibition 2021 is now live. Visit and look under Gallery. Enjoy!

4 May 2021

The Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle Online Exhibition will open on 28 May 2021. If you have time, please do take a look at the really great artwork, both 2D and 3D, and something for all artistic tastes. You may even see something to buy.

21 April 2021

I am delighted to have two paintings for sale in the upcoming Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle Virtual exhibition - watch this space for further my details.