My paintings are in oil, occasionally watercolour, and are mostly land and seascapes predominantly portraying South West Scotland,also Highlands and Cumbria. They vary from representing exact locations recognizably, to a looser interpretation of place. I enjoy the changing moods of hills and sea, often created by changing light, where we are treated to more intimate glimpses of land by fleeting highlights or glimmers of silver on the horizon. Fairly strong tonal contrasts are often evident.
As well as the more elusive aspects of land and seascape, I have recently focussed on shoreline rocks and foregrounds in coastal paintings, increasing the inclusion of detail. I still work quickly - usually alla prima - aiming to retain a fresh, natural atmosphere corresponding to outdoor subjects. I work minimalized detail into wet paint with smaller brush and palette knife work enhancing textural differences or emphasising perspective.
I like to give a feeling of “being there”; a satisfaction of recognition and connection, although locations are often subtly transformed by memory or imagination.
My non-location-based “Sea Spirits” series encouraged me to focus on the inspiring characteristics of the sea itself; I also have more abstract and contemplative themes I return to “Reflections” and , most recently Hebridean Blues- with minimalist but high contrast imagined seascapes and skies.
The connecting factor in the different strands is a love for the natural environment and a desire to portray different aspects of it in a captivating way that feels right for the subject.
1976-7 Camberwell School of Art,London:part-time
1980: B.A.Honours Music & English,Keele University
1981: Postgraduate diploma:Royal Welsh College Music
1984: Postgraduate Diploma,Performance;
1995-2000 Art courses,Joensuu College,Finland
2003: Q.T.S;Middlesex University.
2004-ongoing: Established gallery, Clience Studio.
2019/18/17/16/15/14/13/12/11/10/09 SpringFling OpenStudios
2019 VAS/SSA Alight members wall at R.S.A
2019 MacGregor Fine Art, Glasgow
2018 Upfront Gallery, Penrith
2018 Otterburn Gallery Dumfries
2018 Gullane Gallery,North Berwick
2016 Scottish National Gallery,V.A.S
2016/15 Lillie Gallery,Glasgow Society Women Artists
2015 Torrance Gallery Edinburgh
2015/14/13/12 Lime Tree Gallery Fortwilliam
2014 G.S.W.A: McLaurin Galleries
2014 Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
2014/13/12/11: Paisley Art Institute
2013 Gracefield Art Centre: V.A.S
2016-2012 John Green Fine Art
2013 Billiardroom: G.S.W.A
2012 Lillie Gallery&Stirling Smith Gallery:G.S.W.A
2012 Jerdan Gallery, Anstruther
2011 Royal Scottish Academy,New Collectives
2010/11 Colours Gallery
2005-’10 Glasgow Art Fair
2010 Galeria Artelibre,Spain
2008 Affordable Art Fair,London
2006/08 Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
2006-12 R.G.I,Kelly Gallery