New paintings by
in the Art Gallery's
October 30 - November 30
I am a professional full time artist. My work is about my emotional response to the atmospheric weather conditions here in the highlands and islands of Scotland. The moors and coastlines are places I tend to draw and paint the most. The whole experience of being in a very isolated location makes the drama of the subject all the more powerful and exciting to work from. Visual memory and drawing directly from the subject are all part of the creative process. The painting is later developed in the peaceful and rural location of my studio in Moray. I work in both an indirect oil painting style where the painting is gradually built up using layers of opaque and transparent oil paint. And direct impasto palette knife painting technique.
Constable has greatly inspired my work, his small cloud studies and the sketches and paintings of his home country are incredibly beautiful. Turner is also a favourite of mine for his luminous ethereal paintings. These artists walked out each day and captured the beauty of the landscape by making small oil studies on paper. I believe it is important for us as artists today to follow in their footsteps and work in these traditional ways and by doing so to paint the places that are familiar and matter the most of us. In doing this we make our own artistic statement.
Tutoring and Workshops
I tutor classes and workshops in drawing and painting techniques in Moray. Field study, drawing and painting landscapes. Oil painting Moray Arts Centre.
I have been exhibiting in the highlands since 1997 at the Atholl Gallery Dunkeld, Milton Gallery Banchory, Peter Potter Gallery Haddington, Logie Steading Gallery, Touched by Scotland, Just Art Gallery, Boath House, Beauly Gallery.