A man-made island in the centre of a busy roundabout in which nature has been allowed to run riot with brambles, fireweed and seeding grasses, weathered wood, tree bark, the colours in the rusting form of a centuries old crane, slow disintegrating with wind and storm, the many qualities of water in flowing streams and waterfalls- these are the kinds of subjects that I find exciting and conductive to working on a large scale (5ft x 6ft, 6ft x 7ft) with inks, oils and pastels.
I like to take my subject, divorce it from it's natural background, escalate the scale, turn it into an icon in which the viewer might see the value of the extraordinary in ordinary things. From the patterns on butterfly wings to the textures on lichened stones in an old wall, to the sculptural shapes and stunning colour of organic material like flowers, such diverse things all provide me with challenges to find different interpretations with the qualities of oil paint. The words strength and power are key concepts in my approach to my work. I studied for four years at the Glasgow School of Art gaining an Honours Degree in Fine Art and since graduating have been based at the Courtyard Studios in Irvine's harbour-side area where you can find me most weekdays engaged in my favourite occupation - painting.