Paintings

In the past decade I have concentrated on paintings that try to portray nature at close quarters. Not a nature that requires a TV trip to the tropics with David Attenborough, but one that can delight us all in every hedge and ditch, or at the bottom of the garden. I have been inspired by the Dutch flower painters of the 17th century, and by many generations of Japanese artists. The work is all composed in the studio, assembled and layered from a wide range of detailed sketches of the plants and animals that appeal to me pictorially.

"To See the Rose and Woodbine Twine"
Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2005-6), 24 x 37 1/2ins (61 x 95.2cm).
Ayrshire Links with Stonechats
Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2006-7), 24 x 37 1/2ins (61 x 95.2cm).
A Southern Heath, Dartford Warblers
Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2006-8), 24 x 35ins (61 x 95cm).
The Barley Harvest
Acrylic on plywood (2007), 12 x 13 1/2ins (30.5 x 34.3cm).
A Jack amongst the Bistort
Acrylic on linen, laid down on plywood (2007), 11 x 8ins (28 x 20.3cm).
A Gap in the Hedge
Acrylic on linen, laid down on plywood (2007), 8 x 11ins (20.3 x 28cm).
September Corner
Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2005-2009), 19 1/2 x 30ins (49.5 x 76.2cm).
Summer Song
Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2008-9), 24 x 32ins (60 x 80cm).
South Ayrshire Set-aside
Acrylic on plywood (2008-9), 16 x 24ins (40.6 x 61cm).
A Juicy Bramble
Acrylic on plywood (2009), 9 x 18ins (22.9 x 45.7cm).
Little Pike 1
Acrylic on linen, laid down on panel (2012), 9 1/2 x 5ins (24 x 12.7cm).
Nuthatch in Spring
Acrylic on board (2014-15), 27 x 16 1/2ins (65.5 x 42cm).
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A Southern Heath, Dartford Warblers

Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2006-8), 24 x 35ins (61 x 95cm).