My practice is informed in part by an immersion in the study of the works of successful artists. It comes from a great love of painting that stems from when I was very young.
As one gets older, inevitably one becomes more analytical. I think about the formal aspects of painting. I love many paintings by abstract artists too, and of course I too have experimented in such a field. It is the infinite variety that I find in nature, in landscape for example, that protects me from repeating myself.
My method is to follow my instincts. For example, I become aware of a desire to make a painting based on a particular scene or place, and I hold that thought, and then act upon it. I feel it is important to listen out for that desire within myself, and just get on and do the painting.
A family friend, an artist, once said to me about painting, and perhaps about life itself ‘It is all a great mystery’. I often think of those words. I have no objection to being reasonably articulate about ones practice, and also be reasonably informed about what is going on, and I feel I will not disappoint anyone who seeks to analyse how I think. But a key point, it seems to me, about painting is that it is not words. My practice is about exploring the space that is mysterious.
1959 Born in London
1975 - 1977 Foundation Course in Art and Design, Nelson and Colne College
1977 to 1981 Edinburgh College of Art. Drawing and Painting Degree, plus post graduate year.
1981 to the present day, supported myself with various non art related employment enabling me to continue to develop independently as an Artist. Though born in London, I have made my home in beautiful Scotland.
I have exhibited in three 'Open' exhibitions in Scotland at The Royal Scottish Academy 2013 and 2018, and currently the Aberdeen Artists Society Online Open Exhibition 12th June to 29th August 2021. I have also exhibited at the Pittenweem Arts Festival in 2019 and two solo (and one non solo) exhibitions at The Dundas Street Gallery 2015 and 2016.
October 7th to November 13th 2021 exhibiting with two other artists is a show called 'People, Places, Perspectives' - at Colinton Arts, Edinburgh
My work has been bought by people all over the world, most of whom have found me so far via the internet and in particular via my own website.