I worked for over thirty years as a teacher of art and design, an experience that I found both rewarding and fulfilling. My teaching practise and methodology prepared me well for a return to working in my own studio and in setting and achieving more individual goals.
Allied to the rigorous and traditional training I received under Alberto Morrocco, David McLure, Jack Knox and other impressive figures at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, the discipline and structured processes developed through teaching have enhanced my own learning experience and provided a new vigour and inquisitiveness to my own art practise.
I am currently working in Edinburgh producing artworks principally inspired by the East Lothian coastline and Borders landscape. I work in a variety of media including a range of traditional drawing and painting materials complemented with imagery produced through the use of digital photography and Photoshop.
‘Clearing, Cardrona Forest’. This view, looking north over The Tweed Valley, caught my attention during a warm October afternoon. The low sun flitted through wind-blown clouds to pick out strong colours and send other areas into rich deep shadows. The familiar pinks of the Scots Pines shone out against the dominant greens of the landscape.
‘March Snow, Craiglockhart Hill’. This work records the heavy snow that surprised us all in Scotland during February/March 2018. The bare, twisting trees on Craiglockhart Hill were stark against fading afternoon light and a few warm tones could be picked out against the more dominant cools.