Category Archives: Culture

Ia, Santorini – is this the world’s most beautiful place?

If not the world’s most beautiful place, Ia (sometimes spelt Oia) at the tip of the Greek island of Santorini, would be indisputably high on the list of contenders. The result of a volcanic eruption that caused the centre of … Continue reading

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Shine On Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Constance Chatterley, the heroine of D.H. Lawrence’s notorious novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, is alive and well in the 21st century. She addresses you now. The novel was first published in Italy, but its explicit descriptions of sex banned it from … Continue reading

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Homage to Correggio’s Jupiter and Io (Original oil on canvas)

I fell in love with Correggio’s Jupiter and Io many years ago and this oil on canvas (100 cm x 50 cm) is in homage to it. The scene comes from Roman mythology, with the god Jupiter disguising himself as … Continue reading

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Sculpture of the Veiled Christ

In the heart of the surging, chaotic cacophony that is Naples, there lies an oasis.  Within the Museo Cappella Sansevero lies a sculpture of such sublime and arresting beauty that it seems as though the artists’ hands were guided by … Continue reading

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Clandestine Magic in the Marrakech Souks

The markets or ‘souks’ of Marrakech are a clandestine labyrinth in which vibrant colours leap into the eye at every twist and turn. The artefacts feature skilled craftsmanship that dates back through generations of Moroccan families. The bustle of the … Continue reading

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Boats at Ullswater, Lake District

This gentle scene greeted me during a walk around Ullswater in the Lake District. This lake is not as famous as Windermere and therefore less spoilt by the ceaseless tread of tourists.  Here remains an essence of the same tranquility … Continue reading

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The Art of Seduction – Union (Original art)

This acrylic on canvas is my first experiment with cubism. It captures the brief, precious moment that transcends beauty, life, love, passion and humanity, in which two bodies and souls, who love each other to the ends of the Earth, … Continue reading

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The Art of Seduction – Picasso’s Figures on a Beach

Pablo Picasso’s sexual desire was a driving force throughout his life and provided inspiration for the eroticism (both blatant and subtle) found in many of his works. One of my favourite surrealist images, Figures au Bord de la Mer (usually … Continue reading

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The Smile of the Pharaoh

The statue spoke to me… and I fell immediately in love. Carved in black basalt, it depicts the ancient pharaoh Tuthmosis III (Thutmose III), who ruled Egypt in the mid 1400s BC.  It is displayed at the Luxor Museum, a … Continue reading

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Carnivale di Venezia: Masks and Mystique

An excerpt from an article I wrote a few years ago for a Canadian travel magazine… Reflections of the Venetian Carnival A regal gentleman sweeps by, the tails of his velvet justaucorps flying out to reveal silk-embroidered breeches. Dark eyes … Continue reading

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