I have been mad busy and rather vague and somehow came across your blog about my book only a couple of days ago. Bit inept on the tech side.

Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful piece about me, am so delighted that you can think this way about my work. (only shame my name has wrong spelling on the Somerville Quote – now corrected PG) I would like to put a link to this from my book page if that’s ok. I have never been to Eastbourne, but have known the reputation of the Towner Art Gallery and will now make the effort to get there!

Carry Akroyd

I like the way you have created visual ambiguity by merging water and air through their shared dynamics. I think the vertical stripes is the most successful of the images, but I appreciate that you favor the grid as the main vehicle of your exploration and want to make it work it that context.

Caren Hyde

Yes, I agree. The knowledge that this could be the end of the line is not easy to deal with. I was surprised, and astonished, that while I rarely feel joy in being alive, I was not comfortable with the idea of death. Strange that. Perhaps it is the difficulty of coming to terms with the concept of total oblivion.

I’m glad that your cancer seems to be gone. Like you, I found the Macmillan nurses angels. They make it manageable.


Words within song and poetic verse carry great meaning to me, so your tales of frustration and pictures of natural beauty, bring sheer enjoyment.

Good luck with your project and keep on, keeping on…


I had to write and congratulate you on your article (this blog piece) re designers published in Hotel Designs.

I was quite overcome whilst reading your words. I totally agree. Various personal problems and stress with running two companies combined and I experienced a seizure.

Needless to say, I have returned to work but that physical warning really made me re-evaluate the whole creative “thing”. I have always made things more difficult for myself –insisting on complete design integrity and protection of suppliers/Client with barely a thought for my own vulnerability.

To cut a long story short, I am in the process of being able to select the projects I work on (with very similar criteria you mentioned) and have made a conscious choice of direction. I am in the process of completing a website where I feature my bread-and-butter work but also feature more gentle past times and my roots of fine art. Now I want to partake in the purity and gentleness of creativity without the main contractors, project managers etc etc. This is my lifeline, and I am endeavouring to really enjoy my creative gift-just for me and other like-minded creative people.

I have a little band of gentle creatives eager to enjoy working together in addition to flexing their artistic muscles. I do not just mean designers, or artists, architects. I mean poets, musicians etc. It seems like we are all experiencing a bit of dismay but relief and are perhaps lucky to have a bit of time to re balance the altruism expended.
Thank you for writing about the subject and well done. It was much appreciated!!!

Christine Low

Great writing and educating me again and again. My knowledge of Bauhaus is a lot lesser than yours. Love reading. Thank u for sharing.


Art should bring joy, or open up new questions. Who cares what the BBC think, keep going and keep creating Patrick.


I enjoyed reading your article and seeing all your colourful paintings. Thank you for sharing the inside of your studio.


You are extremely knowledgeable. 3 cheers for telling us your story/experience.


I think this is a wonderful guide for young artists to read and think about. I worked with Patrick for a couple of years at Blackburn College back in the mid 70’s getting the foundation course on track. I always thought we worked as a good team together, we got all the students if I remember correctly, 24 of them, into BA courses. It had never happened before, no foundation students from Blackburn had got into BA courses before. Drawing was paramount, its like breathing if you don’t do it you die. Keep that sketch book next to you, sleep with it……

John Rose

Lovely images, intelligent prose, Patrick. Thanks.

John Purser

Patrick, you give us all a gift with your story.

Thanks for sharing. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring.

Like Hillary said, “It takes a village” and hearing these stories gives us all a bit of structure in the event that we too are diagnosed down the road.

Andrea Sheehan

Your pictures of waves are stunning. Capturing the right moment is such a key to it all. Well done.I am not surprised at the ‘hysteria’ the Seven Sisters caused. ‘Commonsense is not common’. However your picture will save many from such folly and that is great. Press on and be blessed.

Brenda Daniel

Love the first paragraph! You are the new Bill Bryson!


A serene series of images. I’m always taken aback by the blend of colours and textures and the endless combinations mirroring the sea, seasons and breakwater.

As Tom Philip’s did with his book you’ve done with the time and tide at Seaford.
Wonderful stuff can’t wait to see the real thing in your studio.

John Liepins

Your journey and how you experienced your battle with cancer will inspire many Patrick, thanks for sharing and all the best.


Thank you Patrick, you are so inspiring.

Susan Miller

Patrick thank you for sharing your observations and thoughts so beautifully in written and visual format, you raise many important points and many things come to mind in response but here is a little relating to the horizon. Your quote “The Hive has no horizon, walls of buildings or transport blocking any views, night sky obliterated by street light glare. The Hive has no weather to speak of beyond a narrow range, and if by some mischance it gets ‘real’ weather its systems collapse and the Hive goes in to panic mode.”

I am very interested in our connection to the horizon; I believe it serves as a constant balancing and grounding point of reference; for our duality – of body and spirit, the intersection of which holds both connection and mystery. Thank you for the quality of your seeing, for the depth of your curiosity and the attention and integrity that has consumed your creative practice, the intention of which is contained in the work that you make.

Lucy Brennan

I am constantly amazed at your use of colour and light, the luminosity is huge.


It’s people like you, that inspire others…thank you


Very interesting work. I totally agree about the environment can inspire you or make you feel numb.Actually your paintings inspired me to start doing again collage which I love and I left for ages thank you very much for that!!!

Rena Kondogoni