About

 

I am interested in the emotional link between painting and photography, using my own family albums to explore themes of memory, nostalgia and longing. I will often find an image that inspires, then add or erase figures, or change faces, clothing and backgrounds, to create expressive portrayals of those joyful, sometimes melancholy moments in life, that are both personal and universal - but always about the paint.

I am also interested in the powerful timelessness of the sea. I use preliminary sketches from life which are developed in the studio, to create images that are richly textured, semi-abstract and layered.

My paintings are held in public and private collections throughout the UK and abroad, including those of Sir Mick Jagger, the Swiss Bank Corporation and Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

I live in Renfrewshire, Scotland where I have painted full-time for almost 30 years.

 

 

Born  1969 Glasgow

 

Studied

Glasgow School of Art  1987-1991  

B.A Hons. Fine Art (Drawing and Painting)

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Richmond Hill Gallery, Surrey, 4 Person Show

Flying Colours Gallery, London

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley

Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2021-2017   The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 

2021-2006    Lemond Gallery, Bearsden 

2020-1993    Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

2021- 2003   Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow

2018-2009    Lime Tree Galleries, Suffolk & Bristol

2015             Royal Glasgow Institute of Art, Annual Exhibition, Glasgow

2008             Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

2007             London Art Fair, BDC Islington

2006             Thompson’s Gallery, London

2005             Compass Gallery, Glasgow

2004             Aspect Prize Exhibition, Richmond Hill Gallery, Surrey

2003             Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

2002             20th/21st Century Art Fair, RCA London, Flying Colours Gallery

2001             Glasgow Art Fair, George Square, Flying Colours Gallery

2000             Chelsea Art Fair, London, Flying Colours Gallery

1999             Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow

1998             Flying Colours Gallery, London

1997             Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries London

1996             New English Art Club, Mall Galleries London

1995             John Rae Collection, Smith Museum, Stirling

1994             Historic Scotland, Stirling Castle Gallery

1993             Guardian Art Show, Whiteleys, London

1992             Hunting Observer Art Prizes, Mall Galleries London

1991             Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, RSA Edinburgh

1990             Christies Contemporary View, RCA London

 

Awards 

 

Highly Commended Artist, Hunting Observer Art Prizes

Runner-up Young Artist of the Year, Hunting Observer Art Prizes

Winsor&Newton Young Artist Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters

The Bessie Scott Award, Paisley Art Institute

Aspect Prize Finalist, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery

House for an Art Lover Award, Paisley Art Institute

 

Public and Corporate Collections

 

Swiss Bank Corporation

KMM Ltd

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

Thompson Macleod Design Consultants

Hilton International Hotels

William Grant & Sons Ltd

 

Commissions

 

Hilton International Hotel, Glasgow

Thompson Macleod Design Consultants, Glasgow

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley

 

Groups

Paisley Art Institute -  Artist Committee Member

 

Published Works

Coastal Living USA - 2017