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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Beautiful but Boring, concept image.

Concept image derived from a short film of mine called Beautiful but Boring. The teenage figure is opaque, centered and unmoved by the undulating horizon in front of him. I am toying with the canvas size and shape.

Sink or Swim, ground layer, incomplete

I have visited the canvas 5 times, each time dripping a colour layer then finishing with heavy gel gloss. The next step is to provide a structure to the ground stenciling sections of a grid as the next layer ( or two or three). The figure will break free of the grid, a metaphor for Jack leaving home.

Sink or Swim, Triptych, 36" x 130" concept image

Sink or Swim features a figure struggling through the water. The story driving the painting is my son has moved away from home for the first time this has been a trial by this case by water

"No Matter What", second figure layer, complete

Dave is moving from top left down to center, Ev is rotating

"No Matter What", First figure Layer, complete

Strong first layer, second layer needs to be sheer, use it to break down these figures