I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1980, and later studied classical painting at the Florence School of Art. Since graduating I have exhibited regularly in art shows throughout Britain and was a member of many Scottish Art Societies. I have 2 lovely, grown up, children who are now independant. In 2009 I moved to a beautiful location in the Appennine mountains of Italy where we run art courses and holidays throughout the year.
I have made this house in Italy a living, expanding art gallery. I have copied the work, life size, of many famous Rennaisance artists with the idea that our guests can 'live' with these wonderful works of art.
I have also landscaped the garden here and am currently restoring an old barn. To me 'art' is in the planning and planting of the garden, the creation of a house, the interior decor, the taste and presentation of the food. I believe that we should aspire to live as beautifully as we can.
My favourite type of paintings are portraits or figurative in style with a love of drama and colour. I am certainly influenced by the traditional painting techniques of the old masters and also have a healthy respect for a more colourist approach. I love the drama of exagerated colour and the contrast of shadow and light on form.
I am a compulsive 'maker', always doing something, learning something new. So I am accomplished in oils, acrylics, water colours, pastels and almost everything else.....and am also a sculptor. Sculpture was my specialism at Art School with works in clay, wood, stone, fibreclass, plaster and natural materials. Now my I'm a bit older I'm not so good with the power tools, but I have plenty of helpers! around!
Gallery 9 Sculpture