Crime Fiction & Essays
In 2009 I began writing crime fiction. I had several reasons for doing so, none of these were associated with making money, which with hindsight is just as well.
Instead, it was partly a challenge, to see if I could write a full length book. After all, numerous schools had done little to foster any belief that I could write. However I had lived a fairly eventful life, and I had also read widely. More importantly, I felt I had something to say about the human condition, and at the time I was unable to see a way of expressing those thoughts with painting.
Prior to this, my only paid work as a writer was producing academic content for The Open University. A good friend and colleague, who I presume was under the influence of drink at the time, said that I had a talent for writing. Like me he is an avid reader and we share the same impeccable taste in books — we bonded over beer and a swooning admiration for James Ellroy. Moreover my friend’s dear wife is an editor with the largest publishing house on the planet. So who was I to ignore him?
The rest, as they say, was, and still is, a slush-pile in the making.
Essays About Books
- Crime Writing — How I began adding to slush-piles
- The Three-Towered Castle — How I came to write it
- A Short History of Ireland — How the English and the Irish contributed to a bloody history
- The Butcher of Cairo — How Marilyn Stasio and the ghost of Hemingway showed me the way
Essays About Art
- Figure Paintings, 2013 — How I returned to making figure paintings
- Painting The Movers — How I was talked into painting 47 figures, 13 trucks and 2 dogs
- Figure Paintings, 2014-2016 — How I utilised a new studio to paint larger pictures
- Neptune Paintings — How I reworked an ancient Roman myth
- West End Ware — How I fused Munch’s The Scream with retail therapy and Ancient Greek art
- Yet Another Spectacle — How I responded to Guy Debord and car crash photography
- Happy Hour — How a chance encounter with my son completed the picture
- Stencils — How I learned from Larry Wall and developed a love for Reusable Painting Objects
- How other artists influenced my work — How I fell under the spell of Turner, Rembrandt and Velázquez
Essays About Life
- Looking for a Ghost — How I searched for my grandfather, Frank Cave
- Covent Garden Market — How my father crafted the fine art of ducking and diving
- Alfred Hitchcock — How Hitch hoodwinked market porters when directing Frenzy
- Richard Harris — How the actor demonstrated his fondness for a fight
- A Memoir of a Kleptomaniac — How my father was driven by an impulse control disorder