The main body of work for this exhibition consists of paintings inspired by Caithness. My parents have lived in Latheronwheel for over 30 years. I spent a year here, before going off to college. My spare time was spent walking with the dog up the strath, or along the cliff tops by the shore park. My first job after leaving school was working on the Latheronwheel estate for the Palmers as an assistant game keeper. My father fished out of Lybster for 20 years. So the choice of subject matter is fairly obvious. Local landscapes/seascapes , used as backdrop for some other activity or unfolding drama. I have fairly recently started to look at flowers, and tried to combine elements of landscape and still life together. I like to use references to some of my painter heroes: The Glasgow Boys, Winslow Homer and William Nicolson. There are a handful of Orkney based paintings here too, since this is where I have lived for the past 24 years. I have included a series of drypoint prints : self portraits with an emphasis on the notion of daydreaming.
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