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

From a smaller studio

Hi all, and greetings from my tiny back bedroom studio, where even a 50 x 50cm painting feels large, and I don't have my full range of paints, materials or tools. Still, these are first world problems, and I am ever mindful of the fact that I have the luxury to social distance, and a … Continue reading From a smaller studio

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?

A sense of ancient stories

My next exhibition Some feel a connection to the forest, for others it’s the sea, or rocks and crags. Round here it’s the Peaks, but for many the buzz of the urban feels like home. Regardless of where though, it seems that many of us have a deep sense of belonging, of place, reinforced by … Continue reading A sense of ancient stories