My home for 49 years was a small village called Portknockie on the North East coast of Scotland. For over 20 years I worked on the North Sea as a commercial fisherman, my life immersed in the rhythms of the natural world; weather, tide, the movements and migrations of fish and birds.
I have always painted. I studied drawing and painting at Gray's School of Art and after graduating and returning to the sea, found time between fishing trips. Over and over in my paintings I bring the birds, the sea and shore, and my village. When I moved to Portland in 2012 I brought with me these layers of memory and experience. In the Pacific Northwest I find a new landscape, a different shore, unfamiliar rhythms.
I am an image maker; I strive after beauty. This body of work is the wave of my old life against a new shore.