A very warm welcome! And haste ye back!
As a Christian I often feel that I should be doing more to glorify God in my art and have gradually come round to acknowledging the beauty of Gods creation in the landscape, people and wildlife. I feel that it is my duty to try and capture this through painting directly from the subject in front of me - not a slavish copy but an emotional response.
I am well aware of my rich painterly heratage from Raeburn, the Glasgow boys and the Scottish Colourists, and individual artists such as Stanley Cursiter, Alexander Goudie and internationaly renowned John Constable, J S Sargent, De Laszlo, and the greatest artist of all Rembrandt.
Working through the application of paint with brush, palette knife - and more increasingly with my fingers tapping and moving the paints plasticity - but always from life. This painting is of Cullen beach, 36"x36".
I have, over the years, been commissioned by various private collectors, and I do like a challenge! - from such subjects as large-scale graffiti in a nightclub, the re-creation of a Hall of Ossian, to a six-foot Tina Turner for a fairground.
I often feel commissioned work leads me to exciting projects which I would not normally embark upon.
The photo on the right is of me painting "Big splash at the rockpool" on my home made easel.