About My Paintings

Seascapes to Landscapes, Rocks to Reflections.

Much of my work portrays Galloway and the Solway coast of South West Scotland where I walk as often as I can. I aim to conjure up impressions of being by the sea, with attention to light and with naturalistic colours.. I love being outdoors and the changing mood, light and the distant allure of the horizon across sea or from hilltops. From fellwalking in the Lake District, I aim to capture the drama of giddy viewpoints, changing atmosphere and cloud shadows. Some chosen themes I treat more abstractly, such as “Reflections” and “Sea Spirits” while my seascapes and landscapes are more representational, aiming for recognition either in terms of location or in the sense of “being there”, or both.
In oils, I prefer to paint quickly, “alla prima", its immediacy corresponds to fresh outdoor subjects. I add detail for texture and depth and I like to subtly transform locations for an effective composition, to highlight something of interest or promote a feeling of connection or mood.

Shadows at Mossyard