Ever welcoming, and stoic, the Harbour shelters and nurtures our embrace with the Sea.
As the sea roils and heaves, the sky cracks and curses at such anger, and we mortals must take each breath that we can, and remember such times when we could wish for better.
Detail of 90cm x 90cm acrylic on canvas.
70cm x 100cm, acrylic on canvas
Based on the work of a good friend and creative photographer, this interpretation echoes her image of waves rolling ashore at Lossiemouth.
100cm x 70cm acrylic on canvas
A painting of the view at sunrise looking from my campsite on Mull.
Stood on the beach, looking towards Lossiemouth and Spey Bay, this sunset smoulders in the sea as the day draws down.
Painted as a private commission. 2' x 3' acrylic on canvas
This was a small painting I completed just to warm up, as it was 5am, and the morning coffee hadn't been drunk yet, so I wanted to do something while it was brewing before working on my next commission.
It shows the early morning sun above my house as it emboldens a passing cloud with a fierce glow.
Depicting my home town of Portgordon, this painting is looking away from the setting sun as it catches off the high clouds and the facing houses along the sea front.
This energetic and bold style harnesses the vital character of my youngest son, Callan.
Commissioned as an anniversary gift for her Husband, showing the beach they were married on, looking across the water to Jura.
Trying to loosen up my brushwork, i produced this view from half way to Buckpool looking back at Portgordon at dawn.
Based on a few sketches I painted on the same evening I painted Cinder Tide, this painting explores a greater range of colours and depth of space. Looking across the bay with my back to the Harbour, this view looks toward the setting sun as it drifts down behind the hills to the West of my home.
Based on a leaf I found recently while walking my Dog, I intended this to be a revisit of the painting I'd created for my Wife, in 2003.
This painting is based on a photograph I took 3 winters ago, while walking our dogs. I loved the way the evening sun was casting through the trees in a way not dissimilar to the way light casts through a stained glass window in a church.
A sketch that ended up being a freeform painting created during a stormy night, with the wind whistling in the door of the studio.
Based on my photographs that inspired Golden Dance, this smaller painting broadens the focus on the sky of that distant Autumn evening. The painting can be viewed at Leap Gallery, in Rothes, Scotland.
A recent vigil at my local Harbour began this painting. As the sun cooled below the horizon, its fire burned on the sea and in the sky above. SOLD Prints available.
I've been down the beach most evenings recently, and caught this beautiful contrast of colours and depth. It was impossible to resist.
This painting was created for the Moray Chamber Of Commerce, to be auctioned at a recent Business Awards Dinner. The painting sold at auction. Prints available.
Violet Gold seizes a moment in Autumn as the sunset begins. The view is from the area near Fochabers called Ordiquish. This stands above the famous River Spey as it makes its final turns before meeting the Moray Firth. 200mm x 200mm Canvas. Original SOLD
Painted as a private commission to celebrate their wedding anniversary, this composition was developed by riffing on my interpretation of their characters, and how they are as a couple. It also drew inspiration from their memories of their honeymoon in Majorca.
The first canvas sets the tone for the triptych. Showing the shore, the cool sky and warning of the intense sun. SOLD
The second and middle canvas in this triptych warms you as the sun cascades through the veil of clouds. SOLD
The third canvas in this triptych allows the eye to cool and rest SOLD
The storm has passed, and the clouds part to allow the breath of the sun to bring calm.
The rising sun obscured behind the morning clouds as I lift off toward Norway from Aberdeen. Available for viewing at Elgin Marble Workshop, or through Leap Gallery, Rothes.
Evening light filters through the clouds, burnishing the North Sea as I return home, leaving behind Norway to land in Aberdeen.
The end of a hot summer, and the sun touches fire to the clouds as a finale to its day. Available for viewing at Elgin Marble Workshop, or through Leap Gallery, Rothes.
Sometimes the clouds thicken and seem to collect themselves as if ready to pounce. In this painting I've sought to seize this feeling of building tension and power. Painted in acrylics on 200mm x 200mm canvas. Original SOLD
This painting illustrates all I find bewildering about clouds. The way they create a sense of mass, how they change the light,, and how they change our perception of the landscape. This is a view of the hills near my home, as they are passed by this silent leviathan. 200mm x 200mm canvas . Original Sold. Prints available.
This painting shows an area of coast near my home. on the Moray Coastal Trail. The skies here are anything but dull, and this captures some of that drama.
200mm x 200mm Acrylic on framed canvas. - SOLD Prints still available.
This painting is from my Whiteash Hill series, showing a lone tree amongst the remnants of the harvested or storm damaged trees it once stood with. I admire the optimism and tenacity of him, despite his solitude.
Acrylics on Canvas 200mm x 200mm - SOLD
This painting is a view atop a local hill, looking across the hills, inland, from the Spey River, Moray Firth coastal region of Scotland. The nearby Pine forest stands in shadow, as a heavy mask of clouds struggles for dominance in a sky lit by the setting sun.
900mm x 900mm Acrylic on canvas - Available for viewing at Elgin Marble Workshop, or through Leap Gallery, Rothes.
This painting is taken from the same area as Golden Dance, but shows a view flowing up the Spey Valley. I love the way the light bathes the hills, and everything seems to shine at the last sigh of the day.
Acrylics on Canvas, 200mm x 200mm - £85
A painting created for my Wife, based on a leaf she found while sharing some leaf kicking in her favourite season.
1000mm x 1000mm, Oil on Canvas
This is a recently completed commission, based on a painting I originally completed for my Parents. The Customer had remembered seeing that painting 12 years ago, and was delighted to be able to commission me to complete another.
900mm x 900mm, Acrylics on framed canvas. (SOLD)
This Fishermans House lies abandoned a few miles down the coast from my home. Having stood relentless against some quite hardy storms, it seems to have earned its place amongst the other geological features of the coastline.
200mm x 300mm acrylics on framed canvas. - ORIGINAL SOLD
This shows a local bridge, crossing over a now disused railway line, which forms part of the Speyside Way, a coastal Tourist walk route that passes through my village.
90cm x 140cm Oil on framed canvas