Born in Glasgow in 1958. I have a particular love of the Blane valley countryside with its diversity of wildlife, rivers, moorland and hills.
My daily walks supply me with colour notes for painting and the sheer enjoyment of seeing the constant changing of light and season.
Largely self-taught, I have however benefited greatly from attending life classes under Christine Ironside, Drummond Mayo and Ann Johnston.
My greatest influences in painting are varied from Rubens to Jenny Saville and I am very much inspired by all great drawing and painting.
I would probably describe myself as a representational/romantic artist and my focus is on light.
Subject matter is always real and studied; number of petals of any flower observed and changes from life, still life to landscape, though I would tend to describe the latter more as weather-scape.
When painting life I am looking for mood and presence and for the skin to breathe.
ith still life the colours are all there so I am looking for light, while with landscape I am looking at the time of day and the weather.
Painting landscape in Scotland for me has to be done with speed as the light changes so frequently and I have to take pastel sketches and re-visit the site at the same time of day on a similar day weather-wise to properly work on a piece.
I used to paint with a knife but now tend to work quickly with fingers and rags, a method I adopted for working on life.
I sculpt the paint, feeling my way and mixing on the board for speed and spontaneity and, whilst I am aware that the paint is toxic, I cannot feel anything like the same excitement when working with brushes.
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