To quiet corners of the garden, I hope my work captures the essence of the natural world.
A few recent works. Please click on the picture for more information.
A close encounter with my local dog otter, I'm not sure who was more suprised.
And another time he hadn't noticed me watching him strolling down to the water after stuffing himself with crab.
I am inspired to paint by the wildlife and landscape of Scotland.
My subjects vary from the wilds of the Hebrides
In the field I paint colour studies, take photographs and just quietly observe. I then take time to think about how a composition can be developed that reflects what I have seen, generally this is a slow evolution, although sometimes the whole picture comes in a moment.
Having carefully planned my approach to a new work, I often find that once I have started, the painting will lead me in unexpected directions. I paint with commonly used materials and a traditional palette of oil colours. My work is representational but I'm not trying for photographic detail, I try to evoke the feeling of the moment either seen or imagined. It's all about light transmitted and reflected and never more so than when painting water, a subject I come back to time and time again, as I have always had connections with the sea.I live in the west highland town of Kyle of Lochalsh with wonderful scenery and wildlife awaiting in whichever direction I set off.