Where I share my inspirations, new work announcements and whatever else I find interesting. To view my artwork or read any of my performance reviews please see the Gallery links in the left sidebar. If you are easily offended by occasional male nudity or anything that is even remotely gay I make no apologies for the artwork or content you may find herein.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Parsifal, Rogelio de Egusquiza y Barrena. Oil on canvas, 1910
My ritual for this particular weekend of the year is listen to and/or watch Wagner's Parsifal.  It is truly a masterpiece and a cathartic one at that. Listen to the finale below, one of the most mystical and spiritually effecting compositions ever written.  

The recording I've chosen is by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre for their own label.  It's a brilliant and insightful recording with some exquisite singing, orchestral playing and conducting.  The perfect musical accompaniment for this weekend.  Happy Easter everyone.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Queen Elizabeth of England
In honour of the occasion I chose this cheeky little pic, it's a mixed media image, mostly pen and ink, I created back in the mid 90's.  My parents have the original.  Enjoy the rest of your week.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Image of the Day

Renata Tebaldi - Aida, Paris, !959
Consider me biased but to me La Tebaldi is without doubt one of the greatest Aida's of the Twentieth Century.  This pic is from the same year as the timeless recording with Herbert von Karajan in Vienna for Decca. Today it's just as matchless as ever.  

Revel in the 'technicolor' sound that that is John Culshaw's Sonicstage splendor.