A Bird in the Hand

“Pray with open hand, not clenched first” (Jim Cotter) Take a look at the first picture. This is a print about prayer and refers to the bible verse in which prayer is referred to as sweet smelling incense, a subtle yet present reality. What do you think of when you think of prayer? Is it […]

Attend to the edges

“None so blind as those who can’t see” (traditional saying) Take a look at both pictures. What strikes you? what do you like about them? What do you think they mean? Both of these artworks are part of a project called Glossary in which I worked with adults with a disability to enable them to […]

The Long Haul

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” (Buddhist proverb) Take a look at the first image, I wonder what you can see. It’s not a very clear image, partly because the art piece is difficult to photograph, but partly because the meaning of the piece,  Ask No Questions, is intentionally obscured. In it I used drawings […]

Reflection for concentration

Here is our latest guided meditation which is all about focus and concentration. Take 10 minutes to really be present in this moment, listen to some reflections and take some quiet time for yourself. This time of real focus using this recorded meditation will help your concentration in other areas of life. If you are […]

Using a labyrinth for meditation

Meditation is a common practice around the world, you probably think of it as sitting and doing very little. However it can take many forms depending what is most useful to you. The labyrinth is an ancient idea where using a shape like the one below you move into the centre following the single path […]

Creative problem solving

We all have times where we have to make big decisions or have a problem to solve, perhaps you have one you are thinking about at the moment? A labyrinth is an ancient practice that is used for meditation but can also be used for decision making. The first step is to draw a simple […]

Sink or Swim

“keep up your courage” (Acts 27) This painting by Rembrandt depicts Christ in the storm: a story in which the disciples and Jesus are out on the lake and a storm blows up. Jesus is fast asleep in the boat, and the disciples wake him, asking “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”. Who are […]

Hope for Hearts

“always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13) I wonder how the first image affects you: which square are you drawn to? What do you think it says? This piece, one of my earlier works, is currently on show in a local atrium, and so visible to the general public. I was […]

Walking the labyrinth

 Labyrinths have been found on every continent from long ago. For ancient people they were ways of connecting their inner, spiritual and emotional world with the outer, physical and social world.  In Medieval times labyrinths were laid in churches and cathedrals – the most famous example is at Chartres Cathedral in France (see front cover).  […]

No Match Found

“Round peg in a square hole” (adapted traditional saying) Take a look at the first picture. This is a print by Tracy Emin, the queen of contentious art. What do you think? The second picture (below) is a picture that I have made recently in response to the process of redeployment. My current employer has […]