I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1983. I lived and worked overseas for 12 years, returning to the West coast of Scotland in 1998 where my studio overlooked the shore. Now living and working in East Lothian I paint from my studio working on images inspired by the landscape. I make acrylic and mixed media images in response to the landscape. It is about exposure, extremes and changes brought about by the elements, depending on such transient things as light, sound and temperature. Weather sometimes feels visceral; what we see isn’t always what it seems and as we draw on our instinct and not our intellect it can inspire fear; wonder; alarm; awe. I apply pattern and texture in the under-painting and re-use paint peeled from yesterday’s palette to create texture, avoid an environmental impact of discarded paint, and to keep a connection with what went before. In the same way I sometimes use words or found objects to invoke fragments of collective memory.
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