In 2023, I was asked by Cumbrian ales to create a beer label for their new ale, Cumbrian Red which was released in August 2023. This beer was to coincide with Film Maker & Photographer, Terry Abraham's new film 'Cumbrian Red. Terry's film highlights the struggles faced by our native Red Squirrels and the charities that work tirelessly to protect them. My painting of a 'Cumbrian Scamp' was raffled during the weekend and raised £769 which was donated to Penrith & District Red Squirrrel Group. Prints of the painting are available from my website and Cherrydidi in Ambleside & Keswick with a contribution of each sale donated to the charity to help them continue their work.
I recently had the pleasure of creating the artwork for the cover of The Long Strung Creatures new album. The CD is titled 'North End Beach' on the Isle of Iona, which is the place that inspired the title track. It's available to buy from their website and also download on YouTube Music, Spotify & Amazon.
One of my recent projects has been to design the beer labels for Cumbrian Legendary Ales in Hawkshead. I really enjoyed working on this collaboration with them. They are a great team and also own The Kirkstile Inn near Loweswater which has amazing views of Mellbreak from the beer garden. Photos by Mike Andrew Photography.
In 2016, I was lucky enough to participate in the Go Herdwick Public Art Trail run by the Calvert Trust charity based in Keswick. More than 60 life sized herdwick sheep & lambs decorated by artists and local school children and were let loose in the Lake District at various locations between Windermere and Keswick.
My ewe was called Lady Baa Baa and her home (and my sponsor) was Elterwater Hostel. This was her home for 6 months. I also painted 'Lamb Bells' for Love the Lakes in Keswick. The Go Herdwick trail launched on Friday 25th March and continued throughout the summer until Sunday 4th September. After that, the flock was rounded up and sold at a grand auction in October. The Calvert Trust are aiming to raise money to redevelop their Grade 2 listed farmhouse and tithe barn for residential and rehabilitation use by stroke survivors and those with acquired brain injuries and physical impairments. Lady Baa Baa & Lamb Bells raised £4200 for The Calvert Trust.