Having been brought up in various places in Scotland, such as the Outer Hebrides and the Clyde Coast, water has always tended to play a large part in my work. The stormy seas of these islands are always a challenge to try and paint, and to 'feel' and represent the excitement of the battle between the sea and the land is something I strive to do. Painting the sea can be almost abstract, although most of my work is generally representational.
I have painted landscape for a long time, and although I like to do portraits, I keep returning to it. While living in Cambridge for many years, I painted buildings, and the combination of those and the quiet River Cam with its challenging reflections was quite exciting. You can do a lot with reflections, and I have done some works which are only that. In Cambridge, I worked in watercolours, but now work in acrylics, oils and dry pastels. I still find it fascinating that 'wetness' can be painted with dry pastels.
I have recently been painting trees, possibly because of regular visits to Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.
Higher Art and A Level Art
Life drawing part-time at Glasgow School of Art and
Cambridge Art School.
Weekly drawing groups, taught and untaught, there and in
Dumfries and Galloway
Watercolour classes in Canberra School of Art, working in situ
Three years painting classes with Sam Mullen in Dumfries
Printing classes in Cambridge
University of Edinburgh School of Art, HNC in Fine Art,
completed in 2015
Exhibited with others in various galleries in and around
Solo exhibitions in Emmanuel College, University of
With local societies in Castle Douglas
With Sam Mullen in Castle Douglas Art Gallery
Gracefield Gallery, Dumfries
Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright
Barons Craig Gallery in Rockcliffe
Stranraer Museum and Art Gallery
and more recently:
Dalmuir Art Gallery
Edinburgh Central Library
The Grilli Gallery in Dundas Street, Edinburgh
In Spring Fling, Open Studios, Dumfries and Galloway for five
Was Honorary President of Dumfries and Galloway Art Society
Works in collections in Australia, New Zealand (collection of the ex-Governor General), America, Emmanuel College Cambridge and various places in the UK, including the collection of Dumfries Royal Infirmary Education Department
I have an MA from the University of Cambridge, in Archaeology