Light and drama are my inspiration in the landscape. It's the constant challenge of conveying these effects in paint that I find so fascinating.
My family were artists and art restorers, so I grew up with a knowledge of painting techniques and art history. A choice of a 'proper' career led me to working for some time in scientific research. It was only after several changes in circumstances that, in the early 1990's, I began to think about working full-time as an artist. Walking in moutains and moorland has always been the source of my inspiration, especially when I moved to Caithness in 2006: the rugged beauty of these Northern landscapes and coastlines provides me with a never-ending supply of subjects. I have exhibited widely throughout Northern England and Scotland, with several solo shows. My paintings are in a number of private collections in this country and abroad, including the personal collection of HRH The Prince of Wales.
My early experience was mostly with oils and acrylics, but somewhere along the line I developed a preference for watercolours. I love their uncomplicated nature and their ability to achieve watery atmospheric effects, which are so suitable for my usual subjects.
I work in different ways depending on the subject, but my preference is to apply the paint directly without any building up of layers. This requires confidence as the colour and tonal value must be right first time, but it gives a freshness that I find difficult to acheive any other way.
I live in Caithness, in the far north of Scotland. It is an area of farmland and moorland, bounded on one side by a spectacular coastline, and on the other by a range of mountains and the vast peat bogs of the Flow Country. The county has a distinctive character, having more historical connections with the Viking heritage of Orkney, than it has with the rest of Scotland.
See my Google Collection - A Picture of Northern Scotland
Exhibitions and Galleries
Coo's Tail Gallery
8 Olrig Street, Thurso, KW14 7BJ