I live in the northeast of Scotland and I am inspired by the rugged beauty of the surrounding countryside, the coast and hills.
The glancing winter sun and long summer days in the north make it a special place to chase the light.
Plein Air Studies
I am falling in love with painting outdoors, ‘en plein air’. Working outdoors and capturing the light and feel of a place, in the moment, is an engaging, and somewhat addictive, challenge. I have had some magical experiences painting outdoors.
Animals have always been a favourite subject for me. They are full of character and a huge variety of textures, shapes and sizes. It is such a delightful challenge to make them come to life on the page.
‘Blue Horse’ series
I was inspired by Eric Carle’s picture book “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” to create a series of animals of unusual colour.
Of course, pets are part of the family too. From the familiar dogs and cats to the more exotic furred, feathered and scaley companions.