Fairy Tale-inspired Paintings (2020)
I started a new project in 2020, creating some contemporary takes on traditional fairy tales. This project is ongoing.
"The Red Boots", acrylic on wood panel, 46 x 61 x 2cm (Not for Sale)
This painting is a contemporary take on the famous Hans Christian Anderson tale "The Red Shoes" in which a girl is cursed to dance non-stop in a pair of red shoes she wore to church one Sunday. In more recent times red shoes have become a highly charged symbol of themes such as rebellion, independence and powerful women. In this portrait the
woman (my friend Jenny) is clearly an independent spirit, surrounded by her books and eclectic object d'art, and fully
in charge of her own feet.
In Spring 2019 I was lucky enough to visit Japan and these four paintings are inspiredby my travels there, especially visits to the Okayama gardens, Todai-ji temple in Nara, and Kikaku-ji (the "Golden Temple") in Kytoto. As you can tell, I was particualrly fascinated by the shapes of some of the trees! I also decided to try out a 'lighter than usual' colour palette for these paintings, perhaps in response to the strangeness of being in such a different and faraway land.
"The Old Pier, Arrochar", 50 x 40cm, acrylic on stretched canvas (SOLD)
I visited Arrochar, at the top of Loch Long, on the Roseneath peninsula in Argyll, in autumn 2019.There used to be three steam boats per day stopping at this pier in the 1890s, during the heyday of Clyde steamer tourism in Argyll. It's now just a ruin marooned in the water, enjoyed by the seagulls as an interesting lookout perch.
People in the Landscape (2018/2019)
Winter Pond (2017)
Forests, Kids & Nature (2017)
From a solo exhibition at Embo Deli, Edinburgh, November 2017
(all these paintings are now sold)
Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, June 2016
(NB All these paintings are now SOLD)
These paintings were created as a series of works all based at the same location, a rocky beach adjacent to Culzean Castle, in Ayrshire ( in the Sout West Coast of Scotland), a place I knew well from my child hood. I wanted to capture the reality of a family walk on the beach in Scotland in January - the crisp clear light but with everyone wearing coats and hats. I am most interested in watching the children as they engage with the environment - often entering a "flow" state in which they are oblivious to the goings on around them as they are immersed in an inner world.
Older Works (2015/16)
This painting was inspired by a woodland walk to a waterfall in Golspie, a small village near Brora in Sutherland (in the Scottish Highlands). The wooden boardwalk meandered through overhanging leafy green trees which created a beautiful atmosphere and light.
This a large painting (100 x 100cm) on canvas, painted with acrylic underlayers and then water-based oil paint on top, giving an interesting textural surface with some sheen.