Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-5
I am inspired by nature and the sea in particular; although abstract, my work is very much a reflection of the rhythms and patterns of nature. I walk my dogs through fields, along harbour walls, and on the beautiful beaches of Fife every day. Back in the studio, I can still feel the sensations of the wind and the rain and the constant rolling of the waves.
I am fascinated by human attempts to impose order on a landscape, but for me the excitement arises where time, weather, plants or animals disrupt or bury the orderly. I seek to reflect this in my work – when a painting works well, it is because I have buried layers of regularity or broken the rhythm to find the tension.
I often begin with collage, but just as often end with it. I build layers of paint, oil, graphite, charcoal – often grabbing anything to hand as the work evolves. I love the dialogue between colours, and the constant ‘push and pull’ to find balance and equanimity – if only in order to subvert it. There is a lengthy process of addition and subtraction: as often as new layers are added, they are scraped or rubbed away to reveal traces of the old, just as we stumble upon old settlements or traces of industry in a landscape. I always begin a work with a plan, but rarely does the journey end at the expected destination.
Waiting for the Tide - £285 - 30cm by 30cm - ★ Sold
Stopping in Fife - £285 - 30cm by 30cm - ★ Sold
North Sea Spring - £350 - 40cm by 40cm - ★ Sold
Still Life I - £285 - 33cm by 33cm
Undergrowth II - £220 - 29cm by 25cm
Tales of the Sea - £285 - 33cm by 33cm
Midsummer - £285 - 33cm by 33cm
Still Life III - £285 - 33cm by 28cm
Winter Solstice - £285 - 33cm by 33cm