Arriving to Vietnam


This was the first piece I created since moving to Vietnam. I am based in HCMC and as anyone would tell you the most striking and noticeable scenes are all those bikes. It is quite phenomenal how they flow through in organized chaos. I love the movement, craziness and colour so thought I’d try to capture that in my paintings. This was the first attempt.


Then I decided to try an adapt my Ghana style to a Vietnamese scene. There are actually a few similarities and of course many differences. I do miss the fabrics, beads and smiles of Africa however Vietnam offers pavements, trees, markets, restaurants, awesome food and of course my favourite sight the scooters and their loads. I love the balloon sellers, scooters piled high with flowers, plants and goldfish!


I still wanted to try and capture the flow of the traffic so this is the first of my “new”style. I still love having one detailed figure to pull you in and define the setting but I had so much fun capturing the traffic. As I painted I swished my arms around like the brush was the bike traveling through the canvas. This painting was sold but it is still one of my favourites.


Organized chaos but also occasionally grid lock traffic. I wanted this piece to be more dynamic and have a slightly woven feel to it. As this is a smaller canvas there was no space for rollers or texture so you could say this is the first of a completely different style.


I have always wanted to play with a white stark background and now that I am not using the rollers in this piece I decided why not. I am very happy with the balloon seller and the shape of the traffic. I wanted the cars to be stylized but am not sure if it really worked. There is gold on some of the balloons so when the sun hits the canvas is shines.


This is more like my Ghana paintings with the use of rollers, texture and quotes. It sold to a friend living in Venezuela so it is now in rather an exotic location!


Combining both styles again with the use of rollers, quotes, traffic and the focal point. I am really happy with the figures on the bike because they truly capture a daily scene here in HCMC. I started using very similar colours in my paintings so I tried to make this one more neutral.


This is my current painting in progress. I was playing with an iPad app and loved the results so much thought I’d try to capture it in paint. Of course the app looks completely different however the effect with the bubbles and patterns have given it a mystical feel. The mood is light, happy and airy. The food seller is a seller I saw in the Mekong. As there were a few images to catch up on I have kept the descriptions brief.

My FINAL Piece From Ghana


I am really happy with this piece as it could be any number of amazing villages here in Ghana. However this village near Blue Diamond is particularly striking with its fort and amazing tree. I have combined all my favourite techniques into this painting; knife painting, rollers, patterned rollers, stencils and small brushes for the details. Every painting I have done so far has been a close up. Close ups of boats, people, markets one individual at a time. This is my first painting where I am trying to capture the bustling scene. I love the colours in the people. It is so Ghanaian with their gorgeous fabrics. I still love the contrast of the black. Ironically I have run out of black paint just in time for my last painting. The next time I post another painting it will be from Vietnam.

My Last Trees From Ghana


This is a painting with a difference. I have wanted to paint this since our beach trip October last year. It was inspired from a photo I took looking at the sunset between the palm trees at Beyin. Again I applied Gesso over the canvas, painted yellow and orange into the Gesso and then smudged it with my hands. While the paint was wet I drew in the trees and added extra colour with chalks. Its a combination of chalks and paint If I had black ink or black thick house paint I would have dribbled that on top too. It is only a small piece but is quite striking. Here is a photo of my wall to show the scale of the paintings in relation to each other.

Three on a wall

I Have Been A Bit Too Busy To Maintain This

So here is an update of all the paintings I have created recently;


I have had two major inspirations this year. One being Sirigu with its amazing trees, pots, patterns and markets and the other being the gorgeous village near Blue Diamond resort.


I have stuck to the same style so that my work is unified. All pieces have been created with rollers, paint knives and small brushes for details.


This one was a commission for a friend who wanted her own boat photo with a saying and symbols that meant something to her personally. I added the extra words because they completely remind me of her. It was so much fun painting for a friend. Trying to guess the words and colours she would love the most.


This was inspired from my cover photo on Facebook. It had a lot more people in the shot but I thought three would be the perfect number as odd numbers tend to work better. As much as I loved the boat, when I started painting it I realized there wasn’t as much peeling paint it was actually a freshly painted boat so I exaggerated the layers a little because it is the texture that I love so much.


This was painted on a small canvas for my friends who are leaving soon. They want paintings but need to fit them into their suitcases. These seem to be my current favourite colours.


This is another small canvas which I completed today. Again with some of my traveling friends in mind. I thought I had finished painting boats but then I saw this photo again and remembered I took it specifically for a painting.



Now for something completely different and experimental. I wet the canvas with Gesso, then splashed on my random colour scheme, drew the tree with chalk and played with the rest. I have been wanting to create a tree painting for such a long time so here are a couple in a completely different style.



I love the use of the knives, rollers and especially the text because they are sayings that I really believe in and hope that they will attract and inspire other people as much as they do me.





An Art Exhibition Sneak Preview

DSC_0027Here are my current paintings and prices for anyone who wants a sneak preview. I will be painting my absolute last paintings from Ghana tomorrow and then that is it. We are packing up and shipping the following Tuesday. I am sad to leave Ghana but can’t wait to explore my new soon to be home, VIETNAM.


Tomorrow I will add the GHS conversion and update the last paintings. I hope you can all make it to my last exhibition this Friday.

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Last Paintings PDF

I am taking reservations with a deposit before the exhibit. I can hand deliver to Kitchener/ Toronto, Canada in June or they will need to be collected in Accra, this week.