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.