Welcome to my canal art and blog website. My tale of buying a boat and starting to paint began in 2016 after a former career as a university lecturer. Now I am a Canal and River Trust roving trader and sell handpainted canal art . During the summer I trade from my boat. I am also happy to post itmes throughout the year. Just send me an email or message me through Facebook or Instagram. On the boat I can accept contactless payments. However, if you are buying remotely I prefer BACS transfer for payment or PayPal.
My canal art
I paint a vast range of items with traditional Braunston style canal art. Everything from traditonal Buckby style water cans to piggy banks. As an historian I recognise the importance of this traditional waterways folkart. Additionally, I understand that 21st Century customers want items that are both beautiful and usable in their everyday lives. Many of my items are ‘as new’ up-cycled pieces, for instance teapots and gin bottles. On the other hand I also paint brand new pieces, for example wooden spoons and hand painted slates .
Commissions & ‘bring me your stuff’
I am happy to paint bespoke commissions or if you have a special item of your own I am happy for you to ‘bring me your stuff’ to paint. Commissions include Buckby cans and personalised horseshoes. Customers have brought me stools, barrels and narrowboat door panels. Of course, I am also happy to paint your kettle or teapot. Objects don’t need to be large!
The Pea Green boat
My 1973 Braunston ‘Barney’ Boat is named Pea Green after the Edward Lear poem, ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’. Moored close to the historic Welford Wharf on the Grand Union canal on the Leicestershire/ Northamptonshire border, here in the UK.
To find out more
If you would like to know more, please browse my website and view the galleries on each page. My Instagram feed which appears here on my homepage has a new picture every day. Feel free to scroll through. I welcome people making contact and asking questions, and I will do my best to help. To contact me send an email, or a message via Facebook or Instagram . I try to keep my postage costs as low as possible, many items can be sent as small parcels for £3.50.
Want to learn to paint?
Are you inspired and would like to have a go at painting canal art? I offer small group classes of 2-3 people in my house in Northamptonshire. Contact me if you are interested.
Looking for a speaker?
Recently I have spoken to a number of groups regarding canal art and my boat. Do message me if you are interested.