BA(Hons) Fine Art ( Drawing and Painting)
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
Hailing from Moidart - a beautiful and rugged part of the West Highlands of Scotland; I have had a passion for visual art from a young age- painting and depicting the dramatic landscapes, skyscapes, weather and seascapes which have evoked an emotional and creative response from artists, poets, photographers, authors, philosophers and others over many centuries.
It is a unique part of the world which captures the imagination of those who allow themselves to be influenced by it.
In making my work, I immerse myself in the landscape rather than just seeing it or looking at a particular vista. I become involved in the atmosphere of the place and endeavour to portray the peace and solitude alongside the drama and mood. Often a subtle change of light, or even the turn of the tide, can transform the landscape. My work evolves from my emotive response to a particular point in time, in a particular place. I draw on memory, sketches, intuition and on some ocassions, photographic reference to create my work.
We have intense depth of colour as well as contrasts of shape and tone in our spectacular Scottish landscape. I am endlessly inspired by each new image brought by the combination of season, weather,light and mood.
I enjoy the challenge of painting the contrasting landscapes of both the west and the east coast of Scotland - living on the East now,I am still primarily drawn to the West Highlands which are so much an integral part of who I am and I hope this is evident in the work I produce.