In lifelong exile from the ordinary, an artist’s wunderlust through Nature, Science and Story compels the passion to create and recreate, in many forms, to ‘speak’, so reach for the fullest expression of Life, Meaning and one’s Self. Described as ‘A Master of Fantasy’ for my novels, yet fighting through the triumphs and traumas too of our seismic cultural changes, serious publishing battles confirming strange realities and the deep interconnections of everything, my sculpture and painting is underpinned by a love of animals and the natural world, its vitally needed protection and celebration, and the simple joy of doing it. DCD

At the London Art Biennale 2021, with The Heavy Hand of Man, adult fairy tale, a retelling of Jack and The Beanstalk as a cry of Environmental horror
A shine for the show. THE HEAVY HAND OF MAN, adult fairy tale. Jack’s beanstalk scream at what we have done to Nature and the environment
IN THE FOUNDRY – Phoenix Woman, bronze 2021, inspiration rising from the ashes of each day’s life.
IN THE STUDIO, with Roberto Nocerino 2020, portrait, feeling for the greatest expression
LEAF STORM – In a Tuscan garden, inspired by Shelley’s Ode to The West Wind 2019 – ‘yellow and pale and black and hectic red, pestilence stricken multitudes!’
LEONARD0’S POMEGRANITE, a famous Renaissance sketch transplanted to a magic fruit, to stress that all is the seed of Nature and how our Species must reconnect with it.
IN THE STUDIO, with a giant flower for a giant hummingbird ‘Small is Beautiful’ 2020
PLAYING WITH PICASSO, 2020, that old blue period guitarist gives the finger to the artist as pauper
We All Scream for Ice-Cream’, humorous homage to Munch, 2019, laughing at what artists often try to sell these days and we are all made to buy.


The London Art Biennale 2021, Chelsea Town Hall, Gagliardi Gallery, King’s Road

Intrecciarte, Via Barsanti, Pietrasanta, 2020, 2021

Bath Art Fair, Gallery South West, Charity 2020

Flower Power 1 and 2, Camaiore and Lucca, 2018, 2019

The Novels:

Fire Bringer, Macmillan and Dutton, Long listed for the Carnegie Medal, Family award winner, 76 Selection winner and starred Kirkus reviews in the US. Earned the comment ‘A Master of Fantasy’ in Booklist, UK

The Telling Pool, Bloomsbury and Abrams, nominated for The Tir Na Nog prize

The Sight and Fell, Macmillan and Abrams, starred Kirkus reviews and 76 Selection Winner

Scream of The White Bear, Honourable mention, US Readers Choice book awards