My formal art training has been through creative art classes in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde.
In 2015 I reached the final stage of the BBC Little Painting Challenge and my entry was chosen as one of those exhibited at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
My paintings have been exhibited and sold at;
The Thistle gallery, Glasgow.
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Clarkston and District Annual Christian Aid Exhibition
The Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Strathclyde, Annual Exhibition.
I mainly paint landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes although I occasionally paint portraits, and very occasionally still life.
My favoured medium is acrylics.
I am a realist painter by nature, although I like to think that I can adopt a looser style if required or if I determine a subject that is more suited to a looser technique.
I have found that time spent on composition/design from the outset is the key to a successful painting.
I am always keen to bring light to my paintings and I have found that the best way to achieve that is to carefully consider contrast so for me, contrast comes next in importance.
When I am satisfied with my design/composition, I start with a monochromatic underpainting, normally using five values, on a prepared canvas.
The canvas will have been prepared with a base mid-tone using a mixture of white, ultramarine and burnt sienna. I normally vary the proportions of ultramarine and burnt sienna depending on whether the painting is to be warmer or cooler.
Colour usually comes after that applied with glazes and then "fat over lean". I think carefully about the values of the colours I use to maintain the overall range of value contrasts. I will always go back and re-establish the original value range as I find that the value range always tends to contract during the development of the painting. I like to use lots of colour but keep it subtle by careful consideration of adjacent colours.
My major influences have been been Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and David Hockney.
As I began to explore composition/design, mood, mystery/disquiet in much more detail I found that a study of the work of Felix Vallotton, Grant Wood and Richard Diebenkorn was most enlightening.
My understanding of the use of colour was most enhanced studying the work of The Scottish Colourists and the Nabis; Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and Felix Vallotton.
I have learned a great deal about ways of bringing light into my paintings by studying the work of Joaquin Sorolla.