About the Paintings
The technique that I use to produce my mountain and coastal paintings has no specific name. It relies upon a method developed by my friend and fellow artist Peter Barton who very generously introduced me to it and encouraged me to adapt it to suit my own particular way of interpreting a scene.
To create the range of effects seen in each painting, a specially prepared painting medium is used which interacts with the oil paints and produces various tonal variations.
Traditional painting methods are used to develop these abstract marks into rock formations and other features typical of the mountain environment. Carefully applied glazes are used to suggest the atmospheric conditions encountered in nature. The coastal paintings rely almost entirely upon the application of a succession of glazes to give the effect of light on sea and shore. Artist quality materials are used throughout because of their superior specifications in terms of lightfastness and purity of pigment.
I do not have any of my paintings reproduced as prints. Each painting is an original although it will probably be one of a series of a particular scene. Nevertheless, the spontaneous nature of the technique used ensures that no two can ever be exactly the same. The photographs of the paintings are typical of my work and any painting ordered will be very similar in colour and effects but may not be exactly the same as the illustration.
All paintings are ready to hang and are displayed to advantage under glass within a double mount of Antique White mount board in a frame of waxed wood moulding. Glass is necessary to protect the painting but for posting and insurance purposes, a shatter resistant glass substitute is used instead. This is perfectly satisfactory in use if cleaned with care but if desired, the purchaser can easily replace this with picture glass at some later date.
The prices shown for the paintings include a charge for postage and packing.
Commissions are accepted provided that the required scene lends itself to my way of working. The price of a commissioned painting will be above that of those offered for purchase and will depend upon the amount of research that I may have to undertake. A deposit will be required but will be refunded if a photograph shows the completed painting to be unsatisfactory for any reason. Please use the Contact form for enquiries.
I am currently represented by the following galleries where recent paintings are on display:
A'Anside Studios and Gallery, 5 Main Street, Tomintoul, Moray. tel 01479 872074
Dandelion Designs, Stein, Waternish, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire. tel. 01470 592 218
The Riverside Gallery, Inverness. tel. 01463 224 781
I am a member of Creative Cairngorms, the Art and Craft Association for the Cairngorm National Park and also Skye and Lochalsh Craft Association. Examples of my work can be seen at exhibitions and displays of work produced by members.