“I have lived most of my life in the north of Scotland, attending school there and Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. I specialised in graphics and printmaking but have always enjoyed painting. After a career in education, teaching art to all levels from primary to tertiary, I began painting full time when I took early retirement in 2000. ... more
The subject matter I paint reflects my love of rock music, an endless interest in faces, contemporary lyrics and handwriting. Another fascinating aspect of portraiture I try to exploit is just how little of a face we need to recognise a subject. Clearly, the more iconic the subject, the less information is required.
I have developed all of these themes in my rock portraits, which are worked in watercolours, acrylics, coloured pencils and chalks. Lately I have discovered hard wearing papers which can be sandpapered and generally roughed up.”