I am a painter specialising in landscape art in a variety of media. I live in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and my landscapes are of the wild areas of Britain – mainly Scotland and Wales. My paintings do not always represent specific places, but are often my impressions gathered during many walks with sketchbook and pencil through the heather and deer grass to remote hills and crags; and along windswept coasts to lonely rocky headlands and the vast sandy bays of the west.
I believe it is imperative that artists should develop their vision and techniques over time and that in the process they should think deeply about the process of art making. But the result of that thinking and experimentation must be expressed through the paintings, because in the end, painting is not writing – the paintings must stand on their own as a testament to what the artist has tried to achieve. It is up to others to decide whether my paintings succeed in evoking what I intend – what D.H. Lawrence called ‘Spirit of Place’ – perhaps a memory of an experience you’ve had, somewhere you once stood, somewhere you would like to be, or even a dream that you recall.
The following paintings are available now directly from me or from local galleries. Please get in touch using the contact page if you are interested and I will provide further details.
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Archive of sold work
Friday 9th August 2019
Last week I ran a workshop at the Ceann na h-Àirigh Centre on Grimsay. The workshop was full and everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time and produced some excellent work. No doubt the lovely weather also helped! The aim of the workshop was to enable participants to relax and loosen up in their drawing style, and not to worry about the resulting work and ‘mistakes’ so much. To illustrate the point I made everyone tear up their first effort!
Sunday 4th August 2019
New work uploaded to the website and available for sale either directly from me or from local galleries. See the ‘Currently Available‘ section for details.
Two new works uploaded to the website and available for sale directly from me. See the ‘Currently Available‘ section for details.
Saturday 20th October 2018
Delighted that a painting I donated, ‘Hebrides Impressions 5’, acrylic on panel, 40x40cm, raised £750 at auction. All proceeds to https://www.spinal-research.org
Tuesday 16th October 2018. Latest update
Due to a family bereavement I have been unable to post here for some time. However I’m now back in the Hebrides and will be posting new work soon. Today I’ve rearranged the website to make it easier to see which work is currently available to purchase.
Saturday 16th June 2018. Exhibition progress
The exhibition at the John Muir Trust Wild Space Gallery in Pitlochry is going well and quite a number of paintings are now sold. Still a couple of weeks to go if you would like to see my art work displayed.
Tuesday 15th May 2018. Contact form problems
If you have been trying to get in touch via the contact page and not received a reply, this was because of a technical problem with that page which has now been fixed. Please try again and I will respond quickly.
Monday 14th May 2018 New website is popular!
The new website has had almost 3500 visits since it was launched a week ago!
Wednesday 3rd May 2018
I have a solo exhibition in the John Muir Trust ‘Wild Space’ Gallery in Pitlochry, north of Perth. The exhibition opens tomorrow (Thursday 4th May) and will run until the 4th July. For further details, click this link.
A note on buying art from the John Muir Trust Wild Space Gallery
‘Wild Space’ is a ‘walk-in and take it away’ gallery. For insurance reasons, the gallery is unable to send paintings to potential buyers. However if there is artwork that you’ve seen on my website or at the gallery that you would like to purchase, get in touch via my ‘contact’ page and I will personally make the arrangements to send the work. Additional new work will be added to the website and may be purchased directly from me.