I am a contemporary artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. My initial driving passion for art was focused on classical approaches and philosophies to drawing and painting. Figurative works were and continue to be a substantial part of my creative output. Over the last several years my artistic development has evolved and diversified to include a range of Abstract and Conceptual projects.
My home city of Edinburgh and my beautiful and enduring country of Scotland are a continual source of inspiration. They stimulate and energise me to convey their stories. Heritage projects such as “The Herring Lassies” or “Harris Tweed” allow me to recreate lost traditions and histories. My Edinburgh series create stories for the viewer with backgrounds and elements of my historic home city.
I am currently working on a project titled "Stories in the Stone". It is inspired by the ancient standing stones of Calanais on the Isle of Lewis and consists of a series of Abstract, Conceptual and Figurative paintings and drawings.
Abstract General Notes
My abstract art creation is influenced from both without and within. I am fascinated by the inexhaustible power of nature to produce an infinite number of variations in our physical realm, such as; skies, seas, mountains, trees, animals, insects, atoms and galaxies all in constant change for our own unique interpretation.
From “Within”; the spiritual realm of the collective unconscious, the Tao and the Zen state provide an internal universe so rich in material it reflects the diversity of Nature itself.
Much has been written about “mu-shin” the state of “no-mind” in which thought, emotions and expectations do not matter, a zen state where true creation arises. A bridge between the conscious and subconscious. My objective is to bypass the filter of the conscious mind and create externalised paintings and drawings drawing on the rich source material of the collective unconscious.
My current approach is to work with both hands simultaneously. Whether it be with willow charcoal sticks, brushes or palette knives. This is how the paintings and drawings are executed.
It feels like a duet of the hands, comparable to a pianist or drummer, both hands working independently without conscious effort yet together creating something in balance while both left and right brain structures are engaged.
Rhythm and energy are important facets of the drawing phase. This is where the hard lines are, the tectonic plates of the abstract narrative. The basis for all work that will follow.
The objective of the abstract work is to present a framework for the viewer to project their own internal vision. The viewer is the master of the narrative using their infinite universe within, sometimes consciously and others subconsciously.
Each canvas contains a potential adventure for the imagination, where at the macro level one inch of a painting containing random marks provides the building blocks of a unique personal story.
Taken as a whole, each painting can provide multiple interpretations which change with the viewers mood, insight or circumstance so that viewing a piece changes or continuously evolves.