Since 2000, I have been presenting art history lectures and workshops to art students. I would like to offer these presentations to a wider audience.


Art history lectures and *workshops:


1. The figure: How images of the human figure have been used to identify and reflect cultural ideas – identity, power, and gender politics.


2. Toward abstraction: How abstract ideas have developed from Humankind's earliest cultures to the present day.


3. *Drawing: How drawing can help artists explore their own visual ideas, or be developed into a finished-image.


4. *The alchemy of colour.


5. Art and Design between 1918 and 1950.


6. Modernism.


7. British design from 1950.


8. *Developing a sketchbook.


9. The Otherworld: Between Religion and Myth.


I believe that my experience working with students in further and higher education (GB/D) together with my work as an illustrator and artist helps to make these presentations accessible for all those interested in making images. In addition to painting and drawing, each presentation explores the work of 2 and 3-D designers, illustrators and photographers.


All presentations use PowerPoint to identify important visual information, covering a wide range of topics within each theme (1-9 above).


Should your organization or society be interested in staging such a presentation, please use the CONTACT page on this site, for more information, or email




The Darkwater Tarot (78 cards, black and white cards, 120mm x 72mm) has been designed to help the ‘reader’ identify and develop hitherto unexplored, alternative pathways within this traditional tarot deck.


To achieve this goal, cards of the Major Arcana and the royal cards of the Minor Arcana employ two different (main) images of equal value on each card (a unique double-headed deck). This design presents the reader with thirty-eight additional and alternative images, based on an innovative visual interpretation of the traditional tarot. The pip cards of the Minor Arcana use a ‘tree’ divination system – a system related to themes from the tree of life.


Rather than a reverse reading, the design and content of each card provide alternative pathways for the reader to discover. Up to seven components form the basis of this deck, including numbers, Hebrew letterforms, signs identifying the classical elements – in addition to images and visual ideas from several European spiritual traditions. The Darkwater deck has been designed for experienced (intuitive) readers who are inclined to use of esoteric, occult, modern, psychic, Qabalah, historical or Rider Waite decks.


The Darkwater Tarot: lectures and workshops:


L/W1: The making of a unique tarot deck.


This presentation is part lecture and part tarot demonstration. The lecture (with some gentle audience participation) follows the making of this new tarot deck; a deck which might contribute to the vast and complex knowledge contained within the Tarot. The presentation identifies how images were specifically selected and produced for the Darkwater tarot – this includes a brief investigation into our ability to ‘read’ images. The audience is invited to explore and challenge some of the ideas proposed by this deck. Finally, with the help of the audience, we will test the deck through a tarot demonstration.


L/W2: The Solitary Journey.


Using up to six cards from the Major Arcana of the Darkwater deck, I take the audience on a journey of discovery, led by the Fool or the Traveller. The presentation explores how the individual cards work together in order to produce a specific pathway. This presentation will take the form of a demonstration rather than a reading, following a pathway suggested by the signs and symbols on each card. Whilst exploring and describing a journey, this method of presentation seeks to identify how this deck might be read.

This demonstration is designed for the intuitive tarot enthusiast.   


All presentations use Power Point to identify important information, covering a wide range of tarot themes.  Should your organization or groups be interested in staging such a presentation, please use the CONTACT page on this site, for more information, or email


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