Born in Glasgow, I moved to the east coast in 1977 to take up a place at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, graduating with a Diploma in Drawing and Painting. Shortly after graduating I received the Greenshields award which was used to live and paint in France and Spain. In the mid eighties I took a lecturing job at Angus College and in 1990 developed and delivered an art college folio preparation course in the newly formed art department. Although I left the college in 1999 the course still runs today.
After returning from a year travelling in New Zealand and South East Asia, I undertook a degree in computer graphics which was followed by a two year stint lecturing in multimedia design at Aberdeen College, wanting to study this new interest further I left Aberdeen College and undertook an MSc in Applied Computing at Dundee University graduating in 2005.
Moving to a house a stones throw from the sea, in Johnshaven on the north east coast, rekindled my desire to paint again and apart from working as a part time secondary art teacher painting has continued to be my main occupation. In 2016, after teaching art and design for 30 years I became a full time painter. I regularly exhibit throughout the UK and have work in private collections in the UK, France, USA and New Zealand.
Oil Painting, landscape, still-life and figurative
Materials and techniques
Acrylics, watercolours, mixed media
I enjoy playing traditional fiddle and cooking, I worked as a chef in other life. When I have the time I walk the Angus glens which are on my doorstep.
I would describe myself as a realist painter, but one concerned with the emotional effect of everyday scenes and objects.