Born from a love of paint charts - all those tiny velvety squares and evocative names - and a response to how a virus affected our vocabulary and changed our lives, Colourful Language is about our connection with colour and our shared experiences. 

Early in the first lockdown it occurred to me that much of the language we were all using ​sounded like fancy paint colours; ‘Furlough’ ,’Isolation’ , ’Distance’. The seed of an idea was planted but the situation felt too raw to act upon at the time.


Here we all are, months later, adapting, evolving and finding our way.  Since then the project has morphed and grown as well, through conversations and playfulness, into a range of limited edition prints, bespoke hand-painted samplers and large-scale canvases.


I don't think I'm alone in feeling a strange nostalgia for those early lockdown days.  As our collective reality changes and adjusts I hope this project prompts conversations and reflection, instigates a feeling of connection, or simply brings a little colour and humour into our lives. 



Seven different designs available to order as limited edition prints. Choose from Lockdown Edits, Complete Lockdown or The Classic Collection.


If you’d rather not be reminded of 2020, there are two non-lockdown charts featuring words you use a lot when you become a parent, or hit 50 - The New Patenting Palette or The Mid Life Set.


These are all available from my shop.


Choose the colours from The Classic Lockdown Collection that most resonate for you and I’ll  paint your very own chart, using high pigment super-matt paints on handmade paper. 

You can see all the colours to choose from below.

Please allow up to two weeks for creation and delivery.


Four Warned :   4  x colour daubs  10 x 30 cm  £30

Rule of Six :  6 x colour daubs  Size A4   £50

Quaran’Ten :  10 x colour daubs  Size A3  £80

Drop me an email and lets discuss!



If you fancy something colourful and current on your walls  you can now order a large scale hand painted version of the Classic Lockdown Collection. 

Painted  using oils on canvas these are 120 x 90 cm and £2,000 plus P&P . Half size are 90 x 70 and £1,000 plus P&P.

These are a work in progress so please allow up to four weeks for creation and delivery.  More images coming soon ...  


This body of work is evolving and changing weekly and I am  interested to see where it can go.  Having had the opportunity recently of discussing  the concept with visitors at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea I am aware that the potential for connection and exploration is huge.


If you would like to collaborate on a project do get in touch as I'd love to hear from you.



Choose 4, 6 or 10 colours that most resonate with you and I'll paint you a chart depicting your lockdown experience in colourful daubs.