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So how was Plymouth?

My visit to Plymouth, looking back as I try to catch up on work at Itzac, went quite well including some good PR; the bad news was getting up early to be with Gordon Sparks on BBC Radio Devon the good news, Gordon  Sparks Sparkie is great fun to be interviewed by,

There will also be a a piece in the Plymouth Evening Herald ~ (circulation about 250,000) by Tristan Nicholls of whom some including David Folley say “the best journalist on the Herald”  about the new large marine painting Plymouth Cattewater and the invitation to exhibit next year at the European Parliament in Brussels. RPCYC_IMG_7648_d.jpg

The photo here is a different view of the the Cattewater, River Plym, Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club from which I used to sail in former family days and looks towards the east shore and my former home at Plymstock.

Besides visiting familiar places and there is more to tell!

On the recommendation of Ian Criddle and Nigel Overton who viewed the original marine painting of Plymouth Cattewater, I have a probable invitation to exhibit at the Plymouth City Museum who are interested in piping the European Parliament to the post.

It was also said having failed to exhibit most of Plymouth’s famous artists during their life time ~ hang on , Plymouth’s famous artists you querie that?

OK, here are a very few, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Beryl Cook, Robert Lencavitz, Alan Cotton, Tim Thompson; the list is a long one and visitors who loved Plymouth include J M W Turner.

Thus I consider to be even mentioned in the same breath as those people an honour I am thrilled to merit!


My conclusion was many people in Plymouth and Cornwall were most kind and supportive during this my longest single visit for several years.
To one I said, “and what can I do for you?” and was very touched when the response was “visit more often“; several others made similar remarks.
None made contrary remarks so maybe my ‘personal development’ is on track despite the isolation of Itzac!
I appreciate very much such kindness and for that I thank them sincerely.

In turn my commitment to Plymouth remains strong and recent work is of interest to Westcountry people in particular including the new large painting “Plymouth Cattewater” and the prospect of an exhibition at the invitation of the European Parliament nest year (a first for a marine artist and probably the first artist from the South West, certainly the first marine artist from Glenholt!
There was also an inconclusive viewing by THE top selling gallery in the South West; the good news being they looked at my work.
The bad news is they want a set of at least 6 large landscape paintings to try and don’t yet know my track record or Résumée on page


The biggest downers were not enough time to see what art is selling and where in the South West and not enough time with my friends who these days are also my family.

I am not spending enough time in Plymouth.