I have an MA (Hons) Fine Art With Distinction in The History of Art, from Edinburgh University and College of Art. I also studied at Florence Academy of Art, to where I was sent for two separate overseas study periods. My University dissertation was on the restoration of oil paintings, which was led from studying old master drawing and painting techniques at the Florence Academy of Art. My degree show was oil and graphite portraits of my friends. I have exhibited in New York, London, and all over Scotland, and have won various awards over the years.
I spent many years on portraiture, but over the last few years have switched to landscapes. My work at present is greatly inspired by my climbing and hiking in the Scottish highlands (I and my Border Collie “Katy” have been on the summits of the Munroes almost 300 times). Light is probably the most important thing in my work – it’s play and it’s transient nature, especially in the highlands. I am fiercely proud of Scotland’s natural beauty, and love the feeling one gets at the summit of a Munro – that sense of personal connection to, and almost an ownership of, the land itself. I am also invariably struck by the realisation of how small a human being is, when faced with the vastness of God’s creation, with this being especially felt in severe and rapidly changing weather conditions.