With my wife the printmaker Kitty Watt  www.kittywatt.com  we moved to a croft near John O Groats in 1997

We lead a fairly selfsufficent life with a cattle herd and small wind turbine.

The starting point of most of my paintings is usually a brief moment in time. This could be a sudden burst of weather.

We witness fantastic clouds and storms scuttling over Orkney and the Pentland Firth especially in winter or birds such as the henharrier trying to catch a bird or increasingly an incident involving myself. 

So the painting begins as a small sketch which are repeated many times, while the composition is worked out and I get the painting into my head. This may take a while until I 'crack' it.

Occasionally I move onto a bigger scale pastel which is done briskly. 

My work is often discribed as passionate and bold.

                                 BIOGRAPHY

1973-79 worked at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology

at Banchory Aberdeenshire doing research into the ecology of red grouse and capercaillie

1980 -97 Self-employed landscape gardener and drystone dyker, working mainly on large rural gardens, including estate houses, using a lot  of large stone in my garden designs.

1981-84 Life drawing coarse (part-time) at Grey's School of Art

1990-95 member of the life drawing group Strathdon

1994  Etching course Peacock Printmakers Aberdeen 1994-96 Worked with Kitty Watt on Rocks of Solitude traveling exhibition

1997 Moved to the Biel of Duncansby Caithness.

1997-2006 Working full time on our croft building sheds,

fencing, making our vegetable garden planting thousands of trees etc.

2006 to present , Build a studio and start painting again fitting in as much painting as I can between croft work

 

                               SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2010      Northlands glass, Lybster

2009    Milton art gallery,  Aberdeenshire

2006    Waterfront Gallery , Stromness Orkney

1998    St. Fergus Gallrey , Wick Caithness

1993    Monymusk Arts  Centre , Aberdeenshire

1992   Strathfest , Strathdon Aberdeenshire

1984   Raemoir Hotel , Banchory Aberdeenshire

1983    Brechin Art Gallery , Angus 

 

               SELECTED  GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

 

2012   Christmas Salon Timespan, Helmsdale

2011  St, Fergus Gallery, Wick, life drawing exhibition.

2010  St, Fergus Gallery,Wick

2010  Brechin Arts Festival ,Invited artist.

1994-96 Aberdeen Artists Society .

1996  The Bridge Gallery , Dublin . 

1995  The Little Gallery Pittenweem , Fife .

1995  Just Art , Fochabers , Moray .

1994  Deeside Studio , Aboyne , Aberdeenshire .

1994  Angus Gallery , Brechin , Angus .

1993  The Warehouse Gallery , Banff .

1993-96  John Laing Landscape Exhibition , Talbot Rice Gallery , Edinburgh ,(commendation)

1992  Gordon District Art Forum .(commendation)

1991-92  Strathfest Portrait Exhibition , Strathdon , Aberdeenshire .

1991-93  Strathfest Life Drawing , Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.

1984  Brechin Gallery, Angus .

 

      THE ROCKS OF SOLITUDE TOURING EXHIBITION

                              with  KITTY WATT.

1996, August,  The Art Gallery,Aberdeen , Royal  Infirmary.

1996, June,  Just  Art , Fochabers , Moray.

1996, April,  The  Ceilidh  Place ,  Ullapool Wester Ross.

1996 , January,   The Meffan , Forfa ,  Angus .

1995 , October ,  Ferryport Studio , Tayport , Fife .

1995 ,  August ,  Brechin Gallery , Angus .

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