Barbados November 2019 - plenty of rain. Little did we know this would be our last foreign trip for ages because of Covid.
Ten days on liveaboard sailing the Forgotten islands in the Banda Sea
One week at Weda eco resort
August 2019, one week’s diving on liveaboard in the Maldives
January - April 2019
August - December 2018
July 2018. Inspired by recent foreign trips and a holiday in Devon.
In April and May 2018 I travelled to the Philippines for some fabulous and memorable diving. This inspired plenty of sketches and quick paintings.
These pictures span a lovely trip to Australia in late 2017 and my return to a crisp UK winter.
My trip to French Polynesia in May and June 2017 stands out for the incredible range of fabulous blues in the ocean, the lagoons and the sky. I did a few sketches while there and I am now trying to work these up into larger artworks that capture the intensity of the colour. The water was crystal clear so you could see a long way down into the depths from the surface. The marine life was prolific and awe-inspiring while the Pacific Ocean outside the atolls remained terrifyingly powerful with fierce and treacherous currents. A memorable trip.
In October 2016 I travelled to Guadalupe Island in the Pacific Ocean about 300 miles off Mexico to dive with great white sharks. They congregate here to hunt elephant seals arriving for their annual mating season. Great whites are critically endangered with only about 10,000 left in the world and their reputation as man eaters is misplaced. Marine scientists are trying to learn as much as possible about their complex lives before they disappear. I felt very privileged to get up close to these majestic creatures.