Leadership

Raw power exists in untold abundance
within the elements of our world
One of Mankind’s greatest powers
is imagination
The ability to take a jump into the unknown
To have faith and trust in ourselves
To seek and find out
what lies beyond
the end of knowledge
Harnessing these powers
Unifying and leading them
in an inspired direction –
has been and still is
the road to our futures
Leadership is
essential to progress

©
Limited Edition Print
1/750
2007 
Signed & Numbered by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
Also available with single mount
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Getting to the top

This drawing is a light-hearted look at getting to the ”top”
which to most of us means happiness
or at least the wherewithal to be happy
Work is usually needed but
there are many ways of getting up
You could get a job in a large organisation
as represented here
by a pyramid of people
lots of rising levels but
only room for one at the top
Or join an organisation
where duration of employment
allows access to the top – one step at a time
represented here by ladders
Why not create a Partnership
Two or more can join together
and help each other up
represented here by three people
and a pulley system
Perhaps a son following a father to the next level
pulled up by workers
Invent something and let “It”
take you to the top!
Or start your own business
represented here by the person wearing suction cups
(Not just a good idea but lots of hard work as well)
Be catapulted to the top
Win the lottery or become a Film/Pop Star
Fight your way up with hard work and dedication
be a sports person represented here as a rock climber
some even carry hangers-on
family/Coach get a free ride!
Others fight alone
Some are born at the top represented here
by the helicopter of a self-made man
depositing his children at the top
or by a pregnant woman
representing Family Wealth/Royalty
Inevitably some fall by the wayside
thru’ tiredness or accident
Bribery is not uncommon,
jumping the queue, blackmail,
extortion even murders do happen!
But break the law and you will get caught
– eventually –
as is the person with his back to the wall
people asking questions
and waving papers at him!
Others stay on the ground always only
planning what to do……..some day……soon
Often when a comfortable level is found
people stop and stay there
Some people even decide that the top
is not where they want to be
There are more important things in life
than success or wealth
Remember
If you spend your life working to attain
or maintain wealth/success and fail
or even if you succeed
When do you enjoy life?
Was it worth it?
Don’t forget – work does not stop
when you get to the top
Staying up there
becomes the problem
Of course for some it is the “climb”
which makes them happy!!!
550mm x 450mm – Large – 1997
Limited Edition Print 1/500
Signed and numbered
The original pen and ink drawing is also available
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The Four Seasons set of 4

Spring
In spring everyone wakes up those in the topsoil uncurl themselves and move down to the subsoil and join others there who are waking up from their winter sleep.
Together they start moving up through the roots – into the trunk and steadily up through the branches
to form tiny new baby leaves
Momentum is building up
for the rush of summer

Summer
In Summer activity is frantic – Everyone is awake and full of energy
The new leaves made in spring grow quickly
Movement from the topsoil to the subsoil is hurried
as they join long queues waiting impatiently to get into the roots
movement up though the trunk and the branches is fast and excited
The leaves on the branches quickly reach maturity

Autumn
In Autumn the mature leaves of summer turn colour and begin to fall
They join those already in the topsoil and begin settling themselves into place for winter
Movement from the topsoilis slow – almost stopped
Nearly all energy is spent.
Most of those in the subsoil
are getting ready to sleep
while the few entering the roots and those already in the trunk and the branches are preparing for winter
There is little movement
except for leaves falling…..

Winter
Winter – All the branches are bare
The leaves which fell in Autumn have settled into the topsoil
the subsoil is asleep
All movement has stopped
Those in the roots, trunk and branches prepare for the long cold winter
by wrapping their arms around themselves and huddling together
Everyone waits for Spring

Set of 4 – 45x64cm Large – Limited Editions 1/250
1996
Limited Edition Print 1/250
Signed and numbered –
Matching Edition Numbers – 14 Sets left
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Eight Jars

FRUSTRATION
He can see what he wants, but he can’t have it!

SEVERE FRUSTRATION
Not only can he see what he wants, but the tools he needs to break the glass and get what he wants are outside the jar.

MIND OVER MATTER
You can use your mind to escape from the jar. You can study and learn to levitate out of the jar.
You can use your mind to study, get a highly paid job and increase both your social and economic standing.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
If you wait long enough you will float out.
Outside forces may take a hand.
You could win the lottery
or inherit a fortune

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
They already have four children,
she is pregnant, one more child
and they can climb out.
If you can’t
succeed on your own,
form a union or
join a co-operative.

ESCAPE THRU’ THE ARTS
Some people can learn to sing a high C
and crack the glass.
Or while remaining in your jar
you can escape in to a good book
or be transported to a desert island,
complete with palms.
Personally when I listen to my favourite music
I could be on a different planet!

TO BE DIFFERENT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
Being different , whether it be your colour,
handicap or simply your eccentricity,
which, by the way
is only being different from the norm,
can make one feel imprisoned by circumstances.
It is not easy.

LOVE HAS NO BARRIERS
This is just me being the eternal romantic.
But love does have no boundaries,
whether it be love for another person,
ones country or another way of life,
if the love is strong enough then
there is nothing and no one
it cannot overcome.
Love is eternal.

 

©
Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
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Twelve Jars

WISH YOU WERE HERE
A lot of people are very happy
to be where they are,
whether it be away on holidays
or at home in the garden –
With the sun shining as it seems just for them.

HOME SWEET HOME
There is nothing nicer than to be at home,
with your family, in your home
which is just the way you want it!

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Hope in itself, is what makes al lot of people happy.
Even if things are not as you would want them,
the hope that tomorrow things may change
This hope makes them keep trying
just one more time. Maybe……………….

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW….
Perhaps your life
is not as bad as it may sometimes seem.
If it were to change,
would it then be even worse

ANOTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
It does not matter how nice your garden might be,
there is always one
which is much bigger and much better.
The more you have the more you want.
Some people are never happy.

PUTTING BACK THE PIECES
When your world falls apart it can be quite difficult
to put it back together the way it was.
Some of the pieces may no longer be there.
But with enough time and
enough glue……………..

I WANT TO BE ALONE
Some people have everything!
And yet they lock themselves away,
whether it be a teenager in the family
wanting ”To be left alone”,
a multi-millionaire becoming a total recluse
or you- just wanting some time out.

LEAVING HOME
Leaving a home
is not quite leaving ‘everything’ behind,
but more like us moving our jar to a different location.
We have new outside pressures,
but most of our possessions
and our basic jar goes with us
when we go.

©
Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
SEE ALSO 8 JARS and 8+12 JARS
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Eight plus Twelve Jars

FRUSTRATION
He can see what he wants, but he can’t have it!

SEVERE FRUSTRATION
Not only can he see what he wants, but the tools he needs to break the glass and get what he wants are outside the jar.

MIND OVER MATTER
You can use your mind to escape from the jar. You can study and learn to levitate out of the jar.
You can use your mind to study, get a highly paid job and increase both your social and economic standing.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
If you wait long enough you will float out. Outside forces may take a hand. You could win the lottery or inherit a fortune

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
They already have four
children, she is pregnant, one more child and they can climb out. If you can’t
succeed on your own, form a union or join a co-operative.

ESCAPE THRU’ THE ARTS
Some people can learn to sing a high C and crack the glass. Or while remaining in your jar you can escape in to a good book or be transported to a desert island, complete with palms. Personally when I listen to my favourite music I could be on a different planet!

TO BE DIFFERENT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
Being different , whether it be your colour, handicap or simply your eccentricity, which, by the way is only being different from the norm, can make one feel imprisoned by circumstances.
It is not easy.

LOVE HAS NO BARRIERS
This is just me being the eternal romantic. But love does have no boundaries, whether it be love for another person, ones country or another way of life, if the love is strong enough then there is nothing and no one it cannot overcome. Love is eternal.

WISH YOU WERE HERE
A lot of people are very happy to be where they are, whether it be away on holidays or at home in the garden – With the sun shining as it seems just for them.

HOME SWEET HOME
There is nothing nicer than to be at home, with your family, in your home which is just the way you want it!

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Hope in itself, is what makes al lot of people happy.
Even if things are not as you would want them, the hope that tomorrow things may change – This hope makes them keep trying – just one more time. Maybe……………….

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW….
Perhaps your life is not as bad as it may sometimes seem. If it were to change, would it then be even worse

ANOTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
It does not matter how nice your garden might be, there is always one which is much bigger and much better. The more you have the more you want.
Some people are never happy.

PUTTING BACK THE PIECES
When your world falls apart it can be quite difficult to put it back together the way it was.
Some of the pieces may no longer be there.
But with enough time and enough glue……………..

I WANT TO BE ALONE
Some people have everything! And yet they lock themselves away, whether it be a teenager in the family wanting ”To be left alone”, a multi-millionaire becoming a total recluse or you- just wanting some time out.

LEAVING HOME
Leaving a home is not quite leaving ‘everything’ behind, but more like us moving our jar to a different location. We have new outside pressures, but most of our possessions and our basic jar goes with us when we go.

©
Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
SEE ALSO 8 JARS and 8+12 JARS
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Come on Ireland

If you haven’t entered the gates
as one of forty five thousand!!
If you haven’t climbed the terraces
with huge excitement and expectation
If you haven’t swayed as one with the crowd
each time Ireland, again, win the ball
or roared in utter jubilation
as they score once more!
If you haven’t shouted “Come on Ireland”
when your team could actually hear you
If you haven’t filed down the steps
again brimming over with pride
at your country’s finest performance
whether win or draw or even loose!
If you haven’t
Then you can’t imagine what it feels like
to be a part of a crowd – like this!!

©
550mm x 450mm – Large – 2004
Limited Edition Print 1/500
Signed and numbered
THE PEN AND INK ORIGINAL DRAWING OF THIS IMAGE IS ALSO AVAILABLE
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If I only had time

Not only would I save the Whale (27)
Recycle everything (33)
and grow my own vegetables (15)
But it always seems to be “Time”
or the lack of it which prevents me
from doing these worthwhile things
which make a difference to my
environment and that of my children.
My “Quality of life”
and that of others around me
is neglected because
I do not have enough time
To begin with for myself:
I would learn Yoga  (34)
take better care of my body (17)
and learn to play the piano (35)
For those around us – How often do we say?
“I’ll call in and see you soon”
“We must get together next week” (22)
or
“The children don’t know their own cousins!”
We are free, we can choose
Perhaps it  is time to look differently
at how we spend our “Time”
and to make conscious decisions about
how to spend it
instead of constantly saying
“If I only had time………………..

Please see Full words image for the rest…:-)

550mm x 450mm – Large – Limited Edition 1/500 – 1998
Limited Edition Print 1/500
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The Party

All your best friends
a selection of strangers for variety
loads of good food, drink and powerful music
Put them all in a large house
and
you should have a Great Party

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Quantum leap

History is written as we live it
Slow steady progress inevitably inexorably
takes each of us forward
But sometimes…….
When we reach for something much higher
When we stretch our resolve even further
When we push past previous limits……
to beyond
just sometimes….
It is possible to exceed all expectations……
to realise our very dreams

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Limite Edition Print
1/750
2010
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Take the plunge

The people on the ledges represent
those ready to take the plunge!
The height, from which you step off into the unknown,
represent the level of difficulty you are attempting
The rectangular columns below
represent the options you are attempting
and the spaces between represent failure
The people at the very top are gambling all
hoping for the greatest reward
The blindfolded couple on the right
are hoping to get married
The ones on the lowest ledges
are only taking a small chance
hoping to get away without a parachute
some do – some don’t
Both the “ Give up the day job” and the “Promotion”
columns have someone just climbing on to them
and someone else hanging on to the attempt
by their fingertips – They all make it
but sometimes it takes a huge effort
The person jumping up and down has just won the Lotto
and those sitting or lying down are taking a rest
before continuing the fight
The blindfolds represent the enormity of the attempt
Taking on a partner for the rest of your life
is a huge gamble – you can not possibly know how you both develop and change through all those years – although when it does work – it is great
The parachutes represent preparation, readiness or support from outside – For example if it is a ground breaking new business venture you are attempting then if you cover all the possibilities and use caution you can succeed – Or if your marriage is in trouble there are Friends/family/councillors and if all else fails divorce – to save you – Listed above are options – there are several empty columns so feel free – add your own
We are constantly faced with opportunities and decisions and there must be something
you have always wanted to try
If you do not try, you can not succeed
So go on!
Take the plunge….now

 

©
Limite Edition Print
1/500
2000
Signed & Numbered by the artist   

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It’s all ahead of you

Starting as family is a wonderful time
You can look forward to the day baby is supposed to arrive
Which sometimes ends in either a false alarm or a last minute dash
To choosing a name which you both like and
which does not offend any of either family
and the Christening – Oh Yes! I think a hat IS required and a suit
To making sure baby eats enough of the right food – Starts solids on cue – Grows at the right speed – Is weighed – measured and injected at the right time – Is always wearing the right nappies for it’s gender –
Then when all that has been mastered and you think you are home safe –
Sleepless nights take their toll excused by
“Oh the poor thing has wind” – or “colic” and/or ”teething”
To walking the floor for hours only for baby to wake on touching the pillow
Starting all over again….up and down
And in some cases even resorting to driving the little mite to sleep – in the car!
Then just when they become easier to manage
they run away to school never even looking back!
Yes It’s all ahead of you……………..

 

©
Limited Edition Print
1/500
2000
Signed & Numbered by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
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