“I was born and brought up in a coastal mining town in Fife and was influenced greatly by this environment. Due to industry the shoreline was very dark, which highlighted the brightness and intensity of both the sea and the fish I caught there. Fish look very magical against a backdrop of black sand!
I use oil paint in both areas of my work but in different ways. When painting fish I plan and apply the paint in a very controlled and precise manor using soft sable and watercolour brushes. While in order to paint my seascapes I create more textural surfaces with washes of turpentine letting the paint dictate the final direction of the painting.”