William and the crypt

"William and the crypt"
Oil on wood
40 x 30 cm
2012

Here is my portrait of William Walker (1869–1918). William Walker worked as a diver, the story of how he dived in the pitch dark, dirty, water filled crypt of Winchester Cathedral capture my imagination. He worked five days a week, 6 hours at a time, for over 6 years placing the concrete to fix the foundations and save the Cathedral from collapse.

 

The problem with power

Egg tempera on wood 2011

"The problem with power"
Egg tempera on wood
40 x 30 cm
2011

This is my second egg tempera painting. A symbolic portrait, I was contemplating that even the best intentions can be corrupted when wielding power. In this painting a demon peeks over the top of the crown of a woman who has been entrusted with power. The demons reach extends, secretly, behind her hair drawing a single drop of blood at her neck as terrified she has to make the best decision.