All my work is in oil on canvas or board. I usually start with a background of collage which creates a textured, patterned effect on which I can build my painting. I often work with large brushes, applying the paint boldly initially and then refining the image as I develop the painting. Using a collage base gives depth and takes me in interesting directions so that the painting is to some extent led by the interaction between the paint and what is underneath.
My subject matter may be landscape, seascape, still life or figures although my main interests are in the properties of colour, the effects created by the movement of the paint and in the mood I create in a painting.
My inspiration comes from many sources, among them the great Scottish painters of the last century, William McTaggart, Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath, William Gillies and John Maxwell; music, my family, the surrounding hills, fields and shores of southern Scotland and Picasso.
1960 Born Middlesex 1978 - 81 BA English and History , University of York 1981 - 82 Travelled in India and worked in a village development project in Maharastra. 1983 - 84 Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of York 1984 - 87 Teacher of English, Drama and Art at Boroughbridge School, N.Yorks 1987 - 90 Teacher of English, Drama and Art, Paro High School, Bhutan, Asia. 1990 - 92 Field Officer for Voluntary Service Overseas in Bhutan 1997 - 02 Borders College, evening class tutor 1997 to present Painter