My paintings are a direct response to the landscape and shorelines of East Lothian. It is an area that I love and have visited since childhood.

I enjoy using realism in my work as the process always evokes in me memories and feelings that reconnect me with this corner of Scotland.

Compositionally the relationship between sky, land and sea is very important in my paintings and I enjoy exploring the shapes and patterns that can be found on a large and small scale in this natural environment. Whether it is found in the ever-changing, large, open skies or in the eroded and sculpted shapes of the rock formations and rock pools along the shoreline.

I also enjoy further developing the more abstract and stylised shapes of my pencil studies in paint. The oil paintings ‘Great Car’, ‘Rockpool 1’ and ‘Rockpool 2’ introduce colour giving a greater sense of mood and atmosphere whilst hopefully maintaining the energy of the smaller studies.

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