I am a landscape artist who grew up in Orkney. I completed an HNC in Fine Art at Orkney College before graduating with a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art. I currently live in the Scottish Borders.
Growing up in the countryside I was surrounded by vast land and seascapes which can change rapidly in the ever-varying weather conditions of the Islands. Now living in Peebles, Orkney is still a big influence in much of my work. Recently I have been walking in the local hills which have provided a wealth of new inspiration. Although very different to Orkney, the hills still hold a familiar feeling of openness and fleeting weather conditions and I strive to create a similar sense of atmosphere in these works.
I work in acrylic paints, building up a textured ground to work on and often use many layers and washes to build up depth and atmosphere. I like to add fine details in graphite and coloured pencil to create subtle lines and patterns which can change depending on how the light hits the work or which angle the viewer looks at it.