Painting and Filming Expedition, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal


The Film ‘Out Of Thin Air’ has won the 2022 Nepal Film Festival best documentary prize. Jack Hextalls film of Tim Scott Bolton, Patrick Cullen and Tobit Roche in the Annapurnas has achieved deserved success.

After three weeks travelling around central India with my wife Trish, I joined two painters, Patrick Cullen and Tobit Roche, and filmmaker Jack Hextall in Nepal and for three weeks we toured and painted the Annapurna Circuit.

Over the last twenty years, new roads have been put in so we had the luxury of driving in jeeps for most of the journey, which from a painting point of view is convenient with our heavy equipment. To prove our manhood, however, we had four days hiking over the Thorong La Pass, which at 5,416 metres it was the highest I’ve ever been. Deep snow although inspiring to look at was tiring to plod through.

The scenery inspired a good output of pictures from us all. (The only trouble with watercolours was freezing water).

To commemorate our journey, we are holding an exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society from the 13th – 22nd September 2021 partly in aid of Community Action Nepal (CAN) and there will be a film shown about our expedition. For more information please click here.