Knee Deep Cooling Off
Brief Personal History
I live and work in Kirkcudbright which has been a magnet to artists over the years because of the 'excellent light'. Many famous artists have lived and worked here including Charles Oppenheimer, Jessie M King, E A Taylor and E A Hornell who attracted many of their contemporaries from the Glasgow School of Art. A so called Artist's Colony was established. Kirkcudbright is currently blessed with numerous contemporary artists/makers who have created their own version of the Artists Colony.
My interest in art was ignited at school under the inspired tutelage of the late Jack Maltman, our talented art teacher at the Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart. After school the bright lights of London beckoned me to pursue a thirty year career with British Telecom during which time I was mainly employed in 'Human Resources'. I was fortunate to be chosen to head a team to develop the computerisation of personnel records/procedures. This proved to be rewarding time and enabled me to develop my design and creative skills.
Art was placed on the back burner until a couple of friends gave me a set of oil paints. This encouraged me to exhibit in an exhibition at the Blackheath Concert Halls. My interest really took off when I returned to my homeland, settling in the picturesque harbour town of Kirkcudbright and surrounded by the glorious Galloway countryside.
Since then I have become very involved in the artistic life of the town and have exhibited in a number of local galleries and hotels as well as organising a number of fairly major artistic events. I am currently helping to organise exhibitions at The Harbour Cottage Gallery, the oldest established art gallery in the town which is run by a charitable trust -http://www.harbourcottagegallery.org.uk
One of my 'Belted Galloway' paintings (Knee Deep) was presented to Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, patron of the Belted Galloway Society, who has a herd of the animals at her Sussex farm. Another two (Cooling Off and Feeding Time) were purchased by The Duchess of Northumberland (Alnwick Castle). Apart from these high profile owners my paintings and associated products have found their way to many countries including an Amish Community in the U.S.A.
Being mainly self-taught I have a restless artistic nature and am constantly striving to paint different subjects using mainly watercolour and acrylic - my most recent work involved the use of only black and white - the journey continues.
Thank you for your interest.