My paintings reflect the fascination I have with the natural world, mostly that which surrounds me in my immediate environment. I live in the Scottish Borders, where the landscape and light is beautiful and varied – a rich source of inspiration from Belted Galloway cattle to Scottish Blackface sheep, barn owls to wrens. I live in a friendly small community beside a busy farm where there is an abundance of subjects to paint.
As well as the Scottish landscape, animal and bird life I have a love of indoor objects of beauty too. With my window scenes I try to bring the outside in so that there is a merging of environments; perhaps a blackbird or barn owl who tries his luck or a creeping vine meandering towards the window sill. A large bouquet of flowers deepens the link between interior and exterior. Usually a table holds carefully placed individual objects, each with its own story to tell, but also part of the whole coming together of the scene. These days, my two cats Daisy and Obi have found their way into my paintings increasingly! What can I do, but allow them in 🙂
I love my garden in all seasons, and all the life in it. I’m lucky enough to have seen badgers, foxes and an incredible assortment of birds….all of which find their way into my garden and therefore art work!
All my paintings are in oil – mostly on gesso panel, occasionally on linen.
Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my work.