My Work:

For me art is about communication. A painting, drawing or print is exciting to create because it is not simply the depiction of an object, a scene or a person but contains the artists’ response to that subject.

I think that the work is successful if someone else viewing it feels and understands that response. Disentangling this feeling can sometimes take time; indeed it may be that the more mysterious the image is the more intriguing its interpretation becomes and ultimately the stronger the communication will be.

When I started painting I wanted to shout loudly but have learned over the years that shouting is a bad way of communicating. Now I try and whisper so that there is room for uncertainty and an opening for the viewer to make their own contribution to interpreting what is before them; a two-way discussion.

My principal interest is in narrative; that is, in creating works, whatever the subject, in which stories are embedded.

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Current Exhibitions:

Some examples of my work can be seen at:

  • Corn Exchange Gallery, Biggar until September 2014
  • Killiecrankie Hotel, Killiecrankie near Pitlochry until Autumn 2014

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