And that’s how my painting got to be hanging on a Rothchilds wall

And that’s how my painting got to be hanging on a Rothchilds wall

Over the years that I’ve known Derbyshire writer Stuart Haywood he has commissioned me to do some very diverse pieces of art for him, and one of my favourites was the old bothy at Calke Abbey in South Derbyshire that was very challenging to do as it involved using two photos I took on a visit there with Stuart and melding them together for the painting, and moving around some of the gardening tools that are hanging on the walls to give more emphasis for them as they were important to Stuart in the years that he worked there as a volunteer. 

I know Stuart loves all of the artwork I’ve done for him, and I’ve also really enjoyed our working relationship as much as he has. He always keeps me updated with various things he’s involved in, and I know we both share a love of gardens. 

He told me at the end of last year that he wanted to give the Bothy painting to his friend who is head gardener at a 200 acre garden as he had a big connection to Calke Abbey and Stuart felt that the painting would be happily accepted by his friend. I told him I was happy that it was going to such a good home to someone who it meant something to as well. 

When the time came for Stuart to give him the watercolour he told me he was over the moon and thinks its wonderful and it will sit proudly on the wall of his 18th century cottage. 

It was a little after that, that Stuart told me in an email that he is going to visit the head gardener friend later on this year and told me that the neighbour is Lady Edwina Gosvenor, the daughter of the Duke of Westminster who is one of the richest men in the U.K. Then he informed me “Your painting has moved up in social status”. 

It was the next email when he told me that he had had an email from his friend who is the head gardener who is more than delighted with the watercolour and he has sited it in his office where it will be seen by hundreds of people annually. “Without  giving you delusions of grandeur”, he said, “I wish to point out that the Gardens are owned by the very rich banking family of Rothschild. Therefore your watercolour is hanging on one of their walls.”

I hadn’t appreciated that when he told me about him passing the painting on, but I know now!! Thanks Stuart for letting me know and keeping me updated! 


I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.