'michaelmas - last flowers' oil on board
Towards abstraction, my paintings derive from landscape.
Shapes, colours, lines and marks on a surface, these come from what is solid and permanent, slight and transient, or just a perceived need to balance a particular painting.
The overlap and merging of other disciplines (walking, drawing, photography and writing) is significant in the development of new series of work.
Studies and photographs are the foundation, together with further research and notes, gathered together in ‘Journey Books’.
CURRENT WORK 2017
'COLLECTED - 15 YEARS OF SPRING FLING' GRACEFIELD ARTS CENTRE, DUMFRIES 21st April - 13th May 2017 exhibits work from private and public collections but from the visitors/collectors perspective. I was delighted and intrigued to have been selected for this exhibition.
SPRING FLING 27th – 29th May 2017: Spring Fling is now part of the new South West Scotland artists' association, 'Upland'. I had a ‘pop-up’ studio this year at Lochdougan House, near Castle Douglas.
SUMMER EXHIBITION at The New Hall, Grasmere, LA22 9TA 29th July - 6th September 2017 : I am pleased to have had two paintings accepted in this prestigious Lake District exhibition.
C-ART ‘ARTIST OF THE YEAR’ Rheged, Penrith 9th September – 5th November 2017 : Three paintings have been selected.
C-ART EVERYWHERE WEEKEND 15th,16th & 17th September 2017. An opportunity to visit my new home & studio in Shap, to see work in progress and browse work for sale in a domsetic setting.
'FROM HOME' at the WHITEHOUSE GALLERY, KIRKCUDBRIGHT 9th September – 28th October : New work which charts my decision to leave Galloway earlier this year.
'UPLAND at UPFRONT' 14th November 2017 - 14th January 2018 : Spring Fling artists exhibition in Cumbria.
VIRIDIAN GALLERY, KESWICK I have been invited to show in the Spotlight On exhibition in August & September 2018.