My work begins with a reaction to a place, or a moment and is either a result of direct observation, painting or drawing in the landscape or from memory and prompted by photographs and sketches. I am based in Perth and take inspiration from the local area and around Scotland. Paintings are also a reaction to the medium being used, often built up in layers using the texture of the paint as much as the pigment to suggest the subject, building up surfaces and then scraping or scratching back to create texture. Alternatively using the flow and movement of acrylic inks can suggest land forms or tracks, and building up layers of marks in a painting is akin to the layers of marks left by us on the landscape around us such as paths worn away by walkers or by the farmer who has turned and ploughed the earth, moorland patterns scorched by heather burning. Nature soon makes its mark again, grasses and trees continue to grow, moss and lichen slowly establish themselves. This cycle of processes all contribute to what we see before us, most of it unseen – passed by without comment, but none the less essential to the end result.
I hope that my work reminds you of a feeling or of a place or makes you look again at the landscape around you……. enjoy the little moments in life. A graduate in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone in 1999. I have recently returned to painting and regularly exhibit locally in and around Perthshire, and Langholm as well as in the Meffan Winter Exhibition and the RSA Open 2016.