The Day of the Triffids (first published in 1951) is my favourite science fiction novel. The first chapter is so eerie and gory, that confusion and chaos cause by everyone trying to simultaneously work out what has happened. If it weren’t for this novel, other books and films would not have been as they are.… Continue reading The Day of the Triffids
This one is a partner piece to ‘Web for All’, it reveals a flip-side to the opportunities the World Wide Web provides. Where there is space for good, there is also room for something else. I am always fascinated by the contrast between dark and light and an acknowledgement that this may not be the same… Continue reading Dark Web
I have always been fascinated by exploring the concept of light versus dark and the blurred edges between. This painting was created with its opposing partner ‘Dark Web’.
I thought it was about time Professor Moriarty and Mr Poe Sir had their own range of Christmas cards. Selecting the right images was the hardest part. The Professor is very good at posing, every moment should be (and often is) captured on camera. Mr Poe Sir is too important and too flighty to have… Continue reading Christmas cards featuring Mr Poe Sir and Professor Moriarty
The finest of the Doctor Who imaginings in my opinion and by far the most terrifying by the very talented Steven Moffat. Having been drawn towards sculptures in cemeteries, guarding your lost loved ones. I adore this sinister twist, the predator that feeds off your potential energy by sending you back in time to a… Continue reading Weeping Angels
I first saw Avatar at the Feckler in Bristol, a venue on a boat. It was an entirely appropriate setting to see them. They had such a jaunty and energetic sound, like a dark Victorian funfair. There was plenty of hilarious audience interaction from Johannes Eckerström who was born to be a frontman. Avatar exude… Continue reading Johannes Eckerström
Serj Tankian is one of my heroes; a charismatic and intelligent musical genius. System of a Down’s lyrics are full of passion and poignancy- a great inspiration for the young and impressionable. His face is beautiful, full of kindness and humour.
When I first came across Slipknot, I knew they represented something different. I had just started to discover the alternative scene and bought magazines like Kerrang and Metal Hammer and would feel great excitement, flicking through the pages and making new discoveries. The thing which drew me to metal was the heavy and strong sound,… Continue reading Joey Jordison
This was the most striking figure to me, looming over the others in the Welford Road Cemetery, in Leicester. Reminiscent of the Weeping Angels in Doctor Who, you felt you’d be foolish to turn your back on her…
This is a sculpture I would visit on my way to work through the Welford Road Cemetery in Leicester. The ivy draped over the steps is textured to give a 3d effect. I repainted this image as my first attempt was a daytime scene. I looked at it for a few months and knew it… Continue reading Angel of Welford
Another rainy scene from my town of residence, Frome. I used photoshop to alter the colour tones in this image before painting.
I’m always drawn to night-time scenes when it comes to landscapes. I like the atmosphere created by snippets of light from the moon or from streetlamps highlighting edges and shapes. I had been watching BBC series Dickensian when I painted this scene and was imagining Victorian streets, dark and mysterious, lit by the glow from shop… Continue reading Catherine Hill
Serpentine Offering was influenced by a sculpture from a Berlin cemetery and a track of the same title by Norweigan symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir. When I visited Berlin, I was impressed by the city’s regeneration and architectural innovation following the devastation and oppression of World War II and the Cold War. The spirit… Continue reading Serpentine Offering
The War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells (first published in 1897) is amongst my favourite science fiction novels. Having seen the film starring Tom Cruise (which I actually quite like, although I realise it is frowned upon!) I was careful to paint this image based on my interpretations from descriptions in the book and my… Continue reading The War of The Worlds