May the road rise up to meet you

May the road rise up to meet you (Hollow of His hand)


23 x 16 cm

When I read the words of this prayer, I loved the image of being held snugly in God’s hand and wanted to combine it with lines of Celtic patterns and colours to go with the lines of the prayer (yellow for sunshine, green for fields, blue for wind and rain and brown for the road).

This design is available as a greetings card from the Northumbria Community online shop:

Hazel – Red filbert

Corylus maxima purpurea – hazel – red filbert

29 cm x 38 cm


I had seen the glorious colour of the leaves in springtime, and then in the autumn, I was amazed by the pink of the casings surrounding the nuts, so I wanted to paint the hazel as one of my submissions.  It then took a year, as I slowly added the next stage of growth to the picture.

This is one of the four pieces I submitted to the Royal Horticultural Society, and which were considered to be of Silver Medal standard.

Tomato ‘Lemon Tree’

Tomato ‘Lemon Tree’

24 x 32 cm


The seeds for these were in a pack of ‘heritage’ tomatoes, and I loved the intensity of the golden colour of the ripe fruit.

This is one of the four pieces submitted to the Royal Horticultural Society Picture Committee and considered to be Silver Medal standard.



12 x 12 cm


In a private collection

In the February after we moved to Essex we had 15 cm of snow, more than I had seen since I was a child.  Familiar walks were transformed, and I particularly liked this view through a hedge, and the way that the brambles framed the oak tree on the far side of the field.

Rachel said ‘I could imagine this as an illustration for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’