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 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 print, encaustic with collage and oil-based paint. I also sometimes work in acrylic, although oil paint is my favoured medium.
In my paintings, I find myself seeking a more personal approach and rather than follow conventional rules, I prefer to playfully explore the medium and express my feelings for a place or for those items that hold a personal memory. 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.
July 3-4 and 10-11 2021
11am - 6pm
My recent work will be available for sale over two weekends at Cambridge Artworks, 5 Green’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3EF. [Please see contact page for map]. All welcome.
There will be a group exhibition in the ArtSpace and some studios will also be open. Visitors will be requested to view in small groups.