I was born in Glasgow in 1963 and worked as an electrician for many years in Scotland and Canada before deciding to take up my first love of painting.
After studying for two years at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (1994 - 1996 ), with the renowned Canadian painter Graham Coughtry, I moved back to Glasgow. I then studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1997 to 2001 under the tutelage of Robin Hume, Sandy Moffat and Callum Innes. I graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting.
I have exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London with my minimalist text paintings. More recently, I have returned to a more painterly, impressionistic style, which lends itself perfectly to my chosen subject of landscape/townscape paintings.
My chosen medium is oil on canvas or board, mainly for its versitilty but also the smell. I fell in love with the smell of linseed oil, paint and turps on my first visit to the Glasgow School of Art degree show. I've been hooked on it ever since. The versatility of oil paint is second to none, from glazes to impasto, flat blocks of colour and permanence to delicate blending.
I'm inspired by everyday life in the natural and built environment. I like to record that moment in time where the sunlight is allowed to transform the colour and shape of structure. From diffused light to harsh shadows I simply enjoy the age old process of bringing a blank canvas to life.