Because of the government sponsored slaughter of badgers here is
The Fate of the Badger newly told
Grisly exhumations 30 years old

From Chapter 10, 'The Politics of Science' (p.93) "Will some farmers be satisfied with anything less than the scalp of the badger now that it has been sold to them as the villain for so long?" [Is it credible I wrote these words over 30 years ago?]

  • So 1971 turned out to be quite a year
  • September: my first published drawing of a Badger (above) appeared in 'The Lady' magazine
  • September: got married in Cornwall
  • April: first tuberculous badger found in Gloucestershire
  • May: Don McLean wrote these lines for his great song about Vincent van Gogh - an inspiration to me throughout my life - which includes the lines:
They would not listen,
They did not know how,
Perhaps they'll listen now.
  • then...

I had the honour of being Artist in Residence for two weeks (June 12-23) at National Trust's magical Bucks Mills Cabin on the North Devon coast.

Bucks Mills residency

Pleased to have participated in North Devon Art Trek (September) showing (Un)Still Lifes at The Plough.

Sweetpeas in a blue coffee pot

Two paintings donated to the Bideford Lions: 'Into the orchard again' and one of the few remaining 'Barns in a landscape' series.