Life’s complicated and how we interact with one another can be complicated too. I represent the figure in my paintings with all it’s complexity either in how it relates to another figure in the painting or how it relates to an under painting.

In my mind we and the objects with which we share our space exist on several planes. I enjoy layering these planes, removing and highlighting aspects of each plane in an attempt to create a story.
Perhaps my story might be different from a story you may conjure by looking at how I've arranged these planes and their negative and positive space. That's fine. The point is that the painting conjures imagination.


Aberdeen Enterprise Trust Fayre, Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen UK, November 1993

Aberdeen Artist Society Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen UK, May 1994

Deeside Art Exhibition, Banchory Scotland UK, July 1994

Glassell Student Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Houston TX USA, June 2009

Lawndale Center, The Big Show, Juried Exhibition, Houston TX USA, July 2010

Art League Houston, Gambol, Juried Exhibition, Houston TX USA, November 2010

Glassell Student Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Houston TX USA, June 2011

Salon des Refuses, Gallery M Squared, Houston TX USA, July 2011

Archway Gallery, 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Houston TX USA, July/August 2011

Second Annual SAO Select Exhibition, Tradition Bank, Houston Tx, September 2011

Visual Arts Alliance, Twenty-Ninth Juried Open Exhibition, Houston TX, May/June 2012

The Glassell School of Art, 2012 Annual Student Exhibition, Houston TX, June/July 2012


Glassell School of Art, Materials Scholarship 2010

Glassell School of Art, The Ary Stillman Scholarship 2012

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"No Matter What"4X4, Diptych, Acrylic on Canvas
first layer, 30.11.11 comments, figures too blue going to glaze with orange hue

"No Matter What" 4x4 Diptych, Acrylic on Canvas
ground completed 20.11.11

Pushed, 48" x 60" Acrylic on Canvas finished

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pushed, 48"x60" acrylic on canvas ( unfinished)

I am reworking "Pushed". I feel I need to re proportion the figure and pop the figure out from the ground. He may recede later

The Trailing Spouse Series, 3 x 48"x72", acrylic on Canvas

Warren lake NS in Summer, Fall and Winter. A deep breath is taken to commit the place to memory. In every relationship one has to compromise, Fall is a time of transition. What remains are memories and evergreen trees.

What Remains, 48" x 72", acrylic on canvas

In the end I decided to pull the figure forward and recede the mountains, but only slightly. In the series the figures and the landscape are to fight for position.

"No Matter What", 4' x 4' diptych, photo image on paper
Building on the smaller portrait I am now exploring a much larger diptych which will include layers of images. The ground layer of images include poses , indecision , that lead to the final pose that I used in the original portrait. I've done this using masking in the digital world. The final mask layer is just the faces as I feel that the connection between the two figures is shown by how they are looking at one another. To place them in a diptych shows how even to pull them apart in two canvas will not break that bond.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dave and Ev, 20x20, acrylic on canvas

Life's trials and joys flow past and through the figures but they are anchored against this current by a look or perhaps it is a shared joke.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dave and Ev, 20 x 20, acrylic on Canvas, work in progress , 31.07.11
The 31st was Dave's birthday so I focused a bit on him. It's now time to bring Ev up to speed. She has wonderful thick dark hair with highlights. Her hair will be a contrast to Dave's which hair which is white and fine. This will be the ying and yang of the piece.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dave and Ev, 20 x 20, acrylic on canvas,28.07.11
The next step is the fabric, then I'll revisit the faces

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dave and Ev, 20x20, acrylic on canvas, first skin layer 20.07.2011

Making a noted to bring back some of the ground through the skin tone. Try saved red tone

Dave and Ev, 20x20, acrylic on canvas, ground

Angela Sleeping, 48x72, acrylic on canvas, 06.20.2011, finished.
This portrait was based on an IPhone picture taken to capture a moment close to the photographer's heart. The strength behind the portrait is the viewer is allowed into this very important piece of some one's world. Sometimes our dreams can clash hence the reason for the somewhat violent ground offset by rosie sleep.

Angela Sleeping, 48X72, acrylic on canvas, 06.09.2011, end of the day
I've brought back some of the ground under the subjects heads. I found there was too much contrast between the fabric and the pillows cutting the canvas in half. Here I evened out the contrast in order to centralize the figures.

Angela Sleeping ,48x72, acrylic on canvas, 06.02.2011
end of the day

Angela Sleeping , 48 x72, acrylic on canvas unfinished 06.01.2011
First Layers after the projection.

This is the concept for Angela sleeping. I developed the ground palette and photographed it then layer the photograph of the subject as a guide for the finished painting

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Trip Home, 12"x 36", Photo imaging on transparent sheets on canvas

The trip starts with a simple portrait image, the portrait remains the constant as we move through the map planning stage of the trip, the people and places visited and the sense of place, home, remains.

Lasting Memories, 18"x18", Acrylic on canvas with image editing on transparent sheets

Lasting Memories is a foray into combining Photoshop imaging with acrylic portraiture.

What Remains, Unfinished, 48"x 72" Acrylic on Canvas

What Remains is the third painting of The Trailing Spouse Series. I plan on harding the ice front left to right, further define the trees in the foreground of the landscape and bring more of the graphic sky blue back through the hair of the figure. This will bring the landscape forward and push the figure back but maintain the graphic finality of the piece.

A Deep Breath, 48"x72", Acrylic on Canvas

A Deep Breath is the first painting of The Trailing Spouse Series. The figure is breathing in the landscape before her. Committing it to memory.

The Compromise, 48"x72", Acrylic on Canvas
The Compromise is part two of The Trailing Spouse Series. In this painting the landscape bleeds away as the figures prepare to leave. The palette sets the stage for the turmoil surrounding the decision to leave.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Deep Breath #2, 02.17.2011 unfinished

First layers of the figures are complete. Now I'm going to develop the interlocking shoulders to mirror the mountain overlap, add some orange..ish glaze to the foreground figure and finish the hair. Once that is complete I'll reassess the shadows and opacity of the middle ground figure.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Deep Breath #2, photograph of acrylic on canvas landscape and Photoshop layered images.
( conceptual)

I now use Photoshop imagery to explore composition and levels of transparency. A Deep Breath #2 is about the choices we must make.
A Deep Breath #2, 7ft x 4 ft, acrylic on canvas.
( unfinished )
The second in a series of three paintings. Based on a photograph taken of Warren Lake in the Fall. The dying leaves and the landscape are bleeding off of the canvas. This painting is the ground for the second piece.
A Deep Breath, 7ft x 4ft, acrylic on canvas
( unfinished)
I take a deep breath every time I visit Warren Lake in the Summer and I take another breath when I leave so it will somehow stay with me when I'm away. This piece is the first of a triptych. The central theme deals with emotions surrounding ex-pat life and how that lifestyle affects relationships. The figures in these paintings are transparent while the ground, the place is predominate.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Snow Leopard, 4' x4', acrylic on canvas.
To create this piece I used the earlier "Yellow Rose" piece as an under painting. I then threw pinks and burnt umber at the canvas to create energy and movement.
Snow leopard was photographed by a fellow artist Brenda Furman. Check out her fabulous work by going to