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NEW ADDITION MARCH 2017

Pride
Pride



NEW ADDITIONS FEBRUARY 2017

History revealed

Chuffed to bits to see the first painting I ever did about Wallace in this month's "History Revealed" magazine. It's a bit rough and I've come on a lot since then, but still nice to see it being used.


Althammer
Althammer


Quiraing, Isle of Skye
Quiraing, Isle of Skye



NEW ADDITIONS JANUARY 2017

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie


Transformation
Transformation
Work continues on Tony Pollard's graphic novel "The Magic Jacket Society".


NEW ADDITIONS DECEMBER 2016

Lay the Proud Usurpers Low; Sir Thomas Randolph and Sir James Douglas.
Lay the Proud Usurpers Low; Sir Thomas Randolph and Sir James Douglas.



Fire in the North
Fire in the North


Rampant
Rampant


Legend - Bruce and de Bohun original sketch, coloured
Legend - Bruce and de Bohun original sketch, coloured



NEW ADDITIONS NOVEMBER 2016

11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month
11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month



The Breakdown of Politics
The Breakdown of Politics



The High Price of Victory – Battle of Stirling Bridge, September 11th, 1297.
The High Price of Victory – Battle of Stirling Bridge, September 11th, 1297.


NEW ADDITIONS OCTOBER 2016


Gorilla
Gorilla

Scotland Forever!
Scotland Forever!


NEW ADDITIONS SEPTEMBER 2016

Victory at Prestonpans
Victory at Prestonpans


NEW ADDITIONS AUGUST 2016

Status Quo
Status Quo



NEW ADDITIONS JULY 2016


Battle of the Bell o' the Brae monument.
Battle of the Bell o' the Brae monument.

Necropolis
Necropolis

Necropolis 2
Necropolis 2

Bell o' the Brae Monument

BATTLE OF THE BELL O' THE BRAE MEMORIAL
Am absolutely proud as punch to finally see the wee monument that I doodled in my sketch book all those years ago finally standing in the Necropolis at Glasgow Cathedral. Congratulations to all at the Society of William Wallace for not giving up on this project and a huge thank you to the two sculptors, Roddy and Chris, whose talent, skill and commitment brought the idea to life. Amazing work, guys. On a side note, this monument was set in place two days before the official unveiling, on the anniversary of the death of Wallace's great adversary - King Edward 1st - self proclaimed "Hammer of the Scots". Well, guess what? We're still here, Eddie!
Finally, four of my paintings are to be used in a forthcoming History Channel TV programme entitled "Ancient Assassins".
Been a busy month!



Starman - David Bowie
Starman - David Bowie


Amy
Amy


Culloden 1746
Culloden 1746


Hammer of the Gods
Hammer of the Gods


Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget



NEW ADDITIONS JUNE 2016

Odin's Eye
Odin's Eye



Declaration of Arbroath
Declaration of Arbroath



Attack of the Goblins
Attack of the Goblins



winged horse
winged horse



Battle o' the Bell o' the Brae donation certificate
Battle o' the Bell o' the Brae donation certificate
A certificate designed for the Society of William Wallace to give out to those who contributed £50 or more to the building of the monument for the Battle o' the Bell o' the Brae.


Shades of “The Forest” – The Black Douglas.
Shades of “The Forest” – The Black Douglas.



Disgrace!
Disgrace!
Don’t Build on Battlefield Graves
On the morning of 21st September, 1745, brave men from both sides of the civil war commonly known as the Jacobite Rebellion fell on the field of Prestonpans………they lie there still.
In 2016, without consultation or mandate, a Prestonpans community councillor declared “Nobody is interested in the battle site, there is no desire at all for it within the community.”
He put forward a draft plan proposing industrial development across the battlefield site. I grew up in Prestonpans and am absolutely disgusted and appalled at this official’s lack of respect for our community’s history and heritage. I might not have been worthy of consultation, councillor, but you're wrong if you think I will remain silent!
Don't Build on Battlefield Graves - Battle of Prestonpans
Don't Build on Battlefield Graves - Battle of Prestonpans


NEW ADDITIONS MAY 2016

Out of the Corner of my Eye
Out of the Corner of my Eye

Freeman stan' or Freeman Fa'
Freeman stan' or Freeman Fa'



The Price of Freedom
The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom
An image in two versions, a reworking of the execution and freedom’s sword drawings. The Wallace sword stands alone and forgotten on the field of the Battle of Stirling Bridge whilst the spirit of Wallace, bound and shackled, looks on. Scotland paid a heavy price indeed to retain its liberty during the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Edward I and successive English kings mounted continuous invasions against our small country, travelling north with overwhelming forces to crush all notions of Scottish independence. The Scots were forced to revert to guerrilla tactics to wear down the invader, having quickly realised the futility of facing the vastly superior English armies in open battle.
But, occasionally, the tiny flickering spark of resistance would erupt into open rebellion and dramatic results were achieved against overwhelming odds. Andrew de Moray, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, with the assistance of many brave individuals, won incredible victories at Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn. Many leading figures of this resistance were brutally executed. Sir William Wallace was the first man recorded to have his severed head displayed publicly on London Bridge. Soon, the head of his brother, John Wallace, would accompany him. Sir Simon Fraser and his brother, also called John, followed soon after. Robert Bruce’s brothers, Niall, Thomas and Alexander suffered the same horrific death. Bruce’s other brother, Edward, died in battle alongside Sir John de Soullis. Andrew de Moray also died in battle and Sir James, the Black Douglas, was killed skirmishing whilst trying to deliver his beloved king’s heart to the Holy Land, a journey denied Robert Bruce in life as he was forced to spend his active years defending his country’s liberty. Then there are the countless, nameless thousands who died on the battlefields and the innocent civilians, casualties of starvation, exposure, neglect and massacre.
In the image on the right, the text “Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won. Then never live within the bonds, of slavery, my son.” is the maxim by which William Wallace lived his life, taught him as a young lad by his uncle, the parson of Dunipace. Many have died down the years so that we could have the privilege of calling ourselves Scotsmen and women.


Execution of Wallace - commemorative plaque design.
Execution of Wallace - commemorative plaque design.
St Bart's Plaque
St Bart's Plaque

The Society of William Wallace has fought long and hard to have a plaque mounted at St Bartholomew's in London to mark the execution of Wallace and the 10th anniversary of David R Ross' Walk for Wallace. They had to fight every inch of the way but, remarkably, they have pulled it off! St Bartholomew's is an 11th century church and stands just yards away from where Wallace was executed. It would have been one of the last sights he saw. So proud to have one of my drawings used. Well done to Gary Stewart of the Society for seeing this through. This will be a landmark long after we are all gone.


New Additions April 2016

Herald

An article in the Herald, using my "Charge of the Camerons" painting to highlight an important local issue.



Preston Tower
Preston Tower



Lament for Culloden
Lament for Culloden


Douglas Castle
Douglas Castle



New additions March 2016

Preview of a wee brochure being made up by the Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust.

Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heitage Trust Brochure page 1
Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heitage Trust Brochure page 1


Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust brochure 2
Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust brochure 2


I Have Brought You to the Ring - William Wallace at Falkirk
I Have Brought You to the Ring - William Wallace at Falkirk






Guardians of Scotland Trust sketch proposal

Guardians of Scotland Trust - Andrew de Moray panel 1 version 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust - Andrew de Moray panel 1 version 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust sketch proposal

Guardians of Scotland Trust - Andrew de Moray panel 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust - Andrew de Moray panel 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust sketch proposal

Guardians of Scotland Trust sketch proposal

Guardians of Scotland Trust - William Wallace panel 1 version 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust - William Wallace panel 1 version 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust sketch proposal

Guardians of Scotland Trust - William Wallace panel 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust - William Wallace panel 2
Guardians of Scotland Trust sketch proposal

GUARDIANS OF SCOTLAND TRUST SKETCH PROPOSALS
Sketch proposals submitted for the Guardians of Scotland Trust project on the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. The Trust are trying to raise awareness of Andrew de Moray's critical role in the battle. If approved, the panels will be sand etched into the end panels of two huge granite benches that will be installed on the battle site as viewpoints for the new sculpture that will be installed there.
Fingers crossed!




I have recently begun work on an exciting new project with a well known TV presenter/archaeologist. A graphic novel! I've always wanted to tackle one of those. It's an enormous undertaking which will undoubtedly take a few years to complete. But there's no rush, it's intended primarily as a bit of fun for the both of us. See the initial preliminary sketches below. I wonder what it could possibly be about.......?

Graphic novel sketch - swastika
Graphic novel sketch - swastika


Graphic novel sketch - werewolf
Graphic novel sketch - werewolf


graphic novel sketch - werewolf and castle
graphic novel sketch - werewolf and castle





New additions February 2016

Return of the MacDonalds
Return of the MacDonalds


Rob Roy MacGregor and the Children of the Mist
Rob Roy MacGregor and the Children of the Mist


New additions January 2016

The Wallace
The Wallace


A message from London
A message from London


New additions December 2015

William Wallace Raises His Head at Lanark, May, 1297.
William Wallace Raises His Head at Lanark, May, 1297.



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A nice wee article in this month's Society of William Wallace E-Newsletter.


Smithfield Plaque
Smithfield Plaque
Execution of Wallace - commemorative plaque design.
Execution of Wallace - commemorative plaque design.
Two in a week! A commemorative plaque featuring one of my drawings has just been granted permission to be installed at the corner of St Bartholomew's Church, Smithfield, London at the site of William Wallace's execution. Who would've thought that this would be granted in London? Again, congratulations to the Society of William Wallace for all their hard work - patriots and educators!


Battle of the Bell o' the Brae monument.
Battle of the Bell o' the Brae monument.
Chuffed to bits to learn that my design celebrating William Wallace's victory at the Battle o' the Bell o' the Brae in Glasgow has just been approved planning permission and will be built early next year. Well done to those at the Society of William Wallace who just would not let this be dropped by apathetic council members.


New Additions November 2015

Military history magazine

Was chuffed to bits to hear that one of my paintings had been featured on the cover and as a double page internal spread in Military History Monthly magazine. Unfortunately, it was last month's edition and by the time I heard about it, I couldn't get a copy anywhere. Thank you Maria Earle for supplying a copy, very much appreciated!

New Additions October 2015

Heroes
Heroes




Payment can be made through PAYPAL to aahillhouse@sky.com OR bank transfer - contact aahillhouse@sky.com for details.



Payment for the calendar, or any other prints, can be made through PAYPAL to aahillhouse@sky.com OR bank transfer - contact aahillhouse@sky.com for details. Thank you.





Midnight at St Bride's - the Black Douglas
Midnight at St Bride's - the Black Douglas



Liberators - William Wallace
Liberators - William Wallace



New additions September 2015

Return to Glenfinnan
Return to Glenfinnan


Defiance
Defiance


Andrew de Moray
Andrew de Moray


Tragedy of Culloden
Tragedy of Culloden


New addition August 2015
The story of Wallace
The story of Wallace



August 2015
Proud as punch! Got awarded the "David R Ross Memorial Quaich" at last night's Wallace Day 2015 celebrations at Elderslie by the Society of William Wallace. This was in recognition of the help I've given the Society and my attempts to maintain awareness of Wallace and his achievements through my artwork over the years. Thanks guys, very, very much appreciated!

Wallace quaich 1
Wallace quaich 1
Wallace quaich 2
Wallace quaich 2



Aug 2015 - A nice wee article on my work in the August edition of "Scotland" magazine.
Scotland magazine01
Scotland magazine01
Scotland magazine02
Scotland magazine02



New additions....

Black Douglas Ambush
Black Douglas Ambush
Three Eagles, Nez Perce tribe warrior
Three Eagles, Nez Perce tribe warrior
Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry
Andrew de Moray ambush
Andrew de Moray ambush
SLASH!
SLASH!

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

Five original paintings highlighting incidents of the battle of Prestonpans are hanging permanently in the Gothenburg, 227-229 High Street, Prestonpans, EH329BE, and will feature in this year's 3 Harbours art festival.

Three pieces of work relating to William Wallace hang permanently in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK82RQ.


EXHIBITIONS OF WORK summer 2015

Two exhibitions of my work will be on show at Cockenzie House, 22 Edinburgh Road, EH320HY, tel 01875 819456 untilAugust 20th. The exhibitions of prints and original paintings are "Uprising", showcasing my historical reconstructions and "Unseen" showcasing some previously unreleased work. Contact infoatcockenziehouseandgardens.co.uk for details.
I will be giving an illustrated talk on the works on the evening of 29th May, 2015.
History revealed