Paintings

"Thank you so much for producing such a beautiful portrait - and making the whole experience so enjoyable." Chantal Ellul

"I was overwhelmed by your paintings, they are superb and very moving. The pictures are all so alive; the soldiers faces., their expressions. Their eyes are all totally believable." Daryl

"I do admire you for what you have done and what you have created. How lucky we, as military men, are to witness such a record of a place and people that we hold so dear." George

"People see my personality and characteristic physical presence and like it very much. I am in awe of your talent" Clarissa Farr

Book

"Since your books Before the Dawn and Drawing Fire arrived, I have been encapsulated by them both and in only the first few hours at Phoenix House they found resonance with a large number of people. Your portraits of the guys and paintings of them in various situations are so true. You have caught the stoicism, the courage, the loyalty in their eyes. It is almost like being next to them. They are a unique breed and looking at your work one feels that. The sensitivity in your paintings and in your heartfelt words show unique understanding of the people and circumstances you portray. We are fortunate to have your genius to depict such important work." Diana Willamson

Exhibitions

"Last night's reception was incredible - thank you again for including us. We are very excited to be working with you" Leigh Daynes, Executive Director, Doctors of the World

"You have organised 2 outstanding evenings at St James's and last night's concert was fantastic! What an amazing choice of music performed by so many talented artists." Tara Elliot

"Just seen today's Guardian and your installation at St. James's - wonderful - full applause from me" Canon Robin Burch

"I am writing to say I stand in awe of 'Flight'. It is one of those moments when immeasurable complexity, infinite pain and indefatigable hope are crystallised in a single experience. It is heart stopping, heart breaking and heart warming all in one go. It is an act of bearing witness in the list complete way imaginable. Furthermore, your words were exquisite - painful and poignant in their perfection. I am humbled in front of your courage, creativity and grace."

"What an excellent evening it was, you spoke brilliantly, I loved the Afghani music, I felt for a second I was in another world." Clemy Slade

"Last night was really moving and thought provoking. It was an extraordinary night." Lucy Van Beek

"Warmest congratulations on a really moving and heartfelt evening. The programme was diverse but with every piece being extremely heartfelt and thought-provoking and throughout the evening the presence of your work interacting with the thoughts and emotions created by music and poetry, inspiring and encouraging further reflection." Sarah Gracey

"The installation was sensational and the image of it with the light rippling like water is an image we are never likely to forget. Your 'piece' hit the right note precisely and would have silenced the less committed and uplifted those of us who care." Lucy Jackson

"What a fantastic body of work - really inspiring and demonstrating so much of your Afghan experience." John and Fiona Earle

"I congratulate you again on your remarkable series of paintings done in Afghanistan. You have caught the light and the people so skilfully and have done great honour to both the actions and the sacrifices of our soldiers there." Bill Woodburn

"With great sensitivity and compassion and skill as an artist, you've depicted the character and plight of both the Afghan people and the beautiful country - and our courageous young army boys too." The Old East Manse

"I really enjoyed seeing your work. It was quite astonishing not only to have seen how prolific you have been but more importantly, what you have brought to the understanding of the conflict in Afghanistan. An amazing and insightful range of work and what a body of experience you must also have amassed." Andrew Lee

"Many congratulations on your wonderful exhibition. Quite amazing and very brave. The lovely scenes of the Afghan landscapes were quite stunning and the faces of the Afghan children and women quite beautiful! The speeches were fascinating and you were great." Mrs John Hackman

"What an achievement to have put together such a wonderful collection of life and war in Afghanistan - you could tell that you really got the country and the people under your skin." Tessa

"Congratulations on a truly impressive exhibition. The subject is gritty and you are immensely brave to tackle it in person and in paint." Dione Verulam

"We enjoyed the evening enormously and I can't tell you how amazing I think your works of art are - they are truly stunning, emotional and thought provoking and I so admire your guts and determination in being out, both in Iraq and Afghanistan."Diana Hodson

Talks

"Your talk on Friday night was so moving and touched everyone who heard it.   You are an excellent speaker and your images coupled with your words made a huge impression. Your talent is overwhelming." Caroline Stanley

"What a truly phenomenal talk you gave to everyone! I sat with my eyes brimming with tears through much of what you said, it was so truly moving.  You really are extraordinary in everything you do but what's most amazing, is just how humble, down to earth and incredibly lovely you are, despite producing THE most exceptional art and being an utterly outstanding speaker." Victoria Bedford

"Thank you for coming to talk at the Women of Dumfries & Galloway Lunch and for your mesmerising talk. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. Everyone was wrapt - as much by your words as by your sensational paintings in every form from oil to watercolour. So moving." Victoria Jardine-Patterson

"Thank you so much for coming to the Club to talk to us about your time in Afghanistan and the work that went into 'Before the Dawn'. There was scarcely a dry eye in the house when the film finished, before you even stood to talk. And I do know that some very battle-hardened individuals were mightily moved. " Silver Screen

"What a truly phenomenal talk you gave to everyone! I sat with my eyes brimming with tears through much of what you said, it was so truly moving.  You really are extraordinary in everything you do but what's most amazing, is just how humble, down to earth and incredibly lovely you are, despite producing THE most exceptional art and being an utterly outstanding speaker.  Thank you for an amazingly inspiring start to the day." Victoria Bedford

"It was wonderful to meet you today and listen to your stories, which you delivered so extraordinarily well, to a captivated audience. It was emotional, awe inspiring, thought provoking but ultimately up lifting.  To be able to view your experiences through your eyes, reflected in your amazing artwork was a real honour and something which will stay with me and I'm sure many of the children, parents and teachers attending today, for a very long time. It was a perfect end to a wonderful series of lectures. Thank you for having the courage to do what you do and for agreeing to share these precious stories with us here at Thomas's." Anna Ainsworth, Thomas's Battersea