Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings.
For much of my life I’ve lived by or within sight of the sea, and the sea is probably my biggest inspiration. I was born on the South coast of England, and brought up in a coastguard cottage overlooking the Isle of Wight – but I’ve lived in North East Scotland for more than 20 years. Inspired by the spectacular Scottish landscape, I work mainly in my garden studio, on a hill with panoramic views of Findhorn Bay, the Moray Firth and beyond.
I’ve always painted, but I only came to really focus on my own painting in about 2010, after studying art history (in the 1970s) and spending many years writing books about other people’s art.
I enjoy experimenting with different ways of painting the same motif: the view from my garden, across the Firth to Tarbat Ness lighthouse and to the far North of Scotland; the vast expanses of sand and sea at Findhorn, Nairn and Lossiemouth. I love the amazing coastal landscape on my doorstep, and in my paintings I try to convey the experience of living here – the sensation of seaspray on a windswept beach, the magic of moonlight over still water, the muted mystery of the snow-covered landscape, the brooding atmosphere of slate-grey skies over a golden field. I also enjoy exploring the West coast of Scotland, and I’m excited about spending time painting in Cornwall this year (2018), on another wild coast.
When working in mixed media, I sometimes work quite slowly and meditatively, applying gold leaf, adding texture and scraps of text and musical notation, building up layers, adding glazes of acrylic paint and ink, scratching through and scraping back. At other times, especially when painting seascapes, I work more rapidly – flinging and flicking paint and ink, scribbling, scraping and making gestural, expressive marks.
I’ve recently become fascinated by the expressive capabilities of watercolour and have been experimenting both on paper and on gessoed board – incorporating texture, gold-leaf, metal powder and acrylic mediums.
As well as painting landscapes and seascapes, I sometimes create art-historical collages, and I also love to paint flowers, when I try to achieve a sense of joyful simplicity.
If you would like to purchase a painting, do get in touch (see contact page). I welcome visitors to my studio by appointment and during NEOS (see below).
My work is in private collections throughout the UK and abroad, and has been shown at the following Scottish galleries and festivals:
Frames Gallery, Perth
Eden Court, Inverness
Findhorn Bay Arts Festival
Moray Art Centre, Findhorn (solo and mixed shows)
Elgin Gallery (solo and mixed shows)
Elgin Library (with Moray Arts Club mixed show)
An Talla Solais, Ullapool
Gallery 48, Cromarty
Logie Steading Gallery
Logie Steading Long Room
Nairn Book and Arts Festival
QC Gallery, Nairn
Still-Life Gallery, Aberlour
George Spence Trophy 2016
Events in 2018
14 July – 4 August. Following a successful show last year, I will be joining up again with three other artists (one ceramicist, two painters) to hold an exhibition at the Long Room, Logie Steading, near Forres. We will be supervising the exhibition, so please come and say hello.
8 September – 16 September. I will be taking part (for the fifth time) in NEOS – North East Open Studios. Framed and unframed work will be on display and sale, and I’m happy to chat about my work and the techniques I use.