Contemporary paintings and fine art prints
I am a painter and printmaker based in Cambridge, UK.
I grew up on Scotland’s east coast and frequently sailed the waters of the Inner Hebrides, an area I still visit and both the land and sea of my native country continues to provide a great source of inspiration for my work. I also enjoy painting domestic still-life compositions and table arrangements, from a single humble teapot to an array of everyday utilitarian items.
Drawing has always been an important element to my work; in my late teens, I began fine art training in Italy in the European classical ‘atelier’ style under the close eye of ‘La Signorina’ Simi, a contemporary of ‘Il Maestro’ Pietro Annigoni, who was known for his fine royal portraits and who kindly reviewed my early student work. This training honed my drawing and observational skills, providing a foundation for further studies in the UK followed by a career in graphic design and illustration and formed the bedrock for all that followed in my artistic development.
My current work is process driven, sometimes planned, at other times more spontaneous, depending on the materials used. I have developed three main styles using either print, encaustic with collage or oil-based paint. I also enjoy working in acrylic, when thinned like watercolour and mixed with other media such as inks and collage and this tends to be a more experimental and spontaneous way of working for me.
In my paintings, I seek a personal approach and rather than follow conventional rules, I prefer to playfully explore a medium and express my feelings for a place or for those items that hold a personal memory for me. Relying on both observation and imagination, I endeavour to transform my paintings into something profound and arresting, far removed from the everyday and yet also familiar to the observer.
Two recent paintings from my Waterways series have been selected by the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists for this forthcoming exhibition at the Babylon Gallery, Ely in September. Coincidentally I chose the same title as this exhibition for my series – although the reference here is to the different ways of using water-based media. Please see the website www.seaw.co.uk for opening times.