Vanishing Futures

Vanishing futures   I moved studio to my back bedroom in March, and since then I have painted 3 works, sold four, and massively improved my sourdough skills to the point of adequacy. It's been an interesting time, our daily walks in the evening taking us through the urban woodland of unbuildable land and allotments … Continue reading Vanishing Futures

On this day…..

  Today, let us remember with humility that we are celebrating the defeat not of a nation, but of the ascendancy of an idea. Let us be shamed that we had to fight this war, that we allowed the rise of an ideology based on hatred, based on the idea that not all humans are … Continue reading On this day…..

In the quiet of the day

In the quiet of the day And so we enter our second week of social distancing and occasional walks for shopping or exercise. Hope its been ok for you, for me it's been strange. Watching awareness sinking in has been interesting. Our first walk around the area told us that people were struggling with the … Continue reading In the quiet of the day

To the boats in the morning

The Scottish east coast fishing industry was very much a family affair. The men did the fishing, but it was women who managed all the onshore work. From 4am they would be up, collecting Mussels for bait. Preparing the lines for the next days fishing would take upwards of 2000 Mussels, with even a small … Continue reading To the boats in the morning

The Forest – a side project

Continuing to push myself, I arrive at sometimes surprising places. Forest is a case in point. One of a new series that may someday emerge, this is drawn from the White Goddess myths, with a smattering of Mythago Wood, but was inspired by The Cure's 'A Forest'. Whilst I have not achieved what I wanted … Continue reading The Forest – a side project

Every Picture tells a story?

Story has always been a huge driving force behind Human creativity. Our first paintings told stories of the world around us, music and dance evolved as story telling devices, and it is this tradition that drives much popular music these days. Story has also been a huge part of my practice, indeed of my life. … Continue reading Every Picture tells a story?

Thoughts on A sense of ancient stories

  Sitting here in the gallery seems a good moment to reflect on my latest show. This is the second of my explorations into the exhibition as a sequential narrative, and unlike For Those In peril all the paintings were completed before I wrote the narrative. The show includes 25 paintings, completed over the last 7 years, … Continue reading Thoughts on A sense of ancient stories