I think the basis for everything I have done has been my life here in Orkney. For me the open landscape and bright clear colours along with the ever changing weather and light have been my constant inspiration.
Birsay Shore An original mixed media painting using acrylics and collage
Over the years I have worked with many different mediums from watercolours to acrylic medium and collage. These days I like to introduce lots of texture into my paintings and I will often work at building up layers using various mediums and collage.
A blue day with gull and sun An original acrylic and collage painting
I often work intuitively with no real idea of what the end product will look like. I start by laying down random marks using crayons and adding shapes with paint. I will then add collage and sometimes my own pictures of my favourite birds and colours. It is only then that I will decide if the painting will become a landscape, a seascape or a purely abstract image.