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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

selfie 04.11/14

Selfie. 04.11.14 The first layer of the figure. So it begins. The intent is for the figure to emerge as the middle painting. Then I will push the figure back by bringing forward the ground palette and marks.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

selfie layers three, four, with proposed violet hue

Selfie 10.06.14 layers three and four, with concept image and propsed voilet hues. will work better once  voilet ground layer is reduced.

selfie layers three and four

Selfie 10.06.14 layers three and four. need to bring more green tone across canvas 8,7 5 and 4. more blue tone into canvas 2,36.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kitchen Flowers series

Kitchen Flowers Concept image two , 01.06.14

Kitchen flowers concept image 1

Kitchen Flowers Concept image one, cropped snapshot of a video transition. I will choose to paint all or a portion of the image either on paper or canvas or both as part of the Kitchen Flowers series " they provide an endless supply of colour and joy during the Danish winter".

Kitchen Flowers concept

Kitchen Flowers , concept video. 01.06.14.  The transitions found in this video will provide interesting subject matter for future paintings. I photographed bouquets of tulips, daffodils and roses that I enjoyed in my Copenhagen apartment Kitchen window. I photographed them each day fresh in the vase through to decay. Then I created a video using photoshop cropping and movie maker using the still images.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Selfie revised concept image 30.05.14

"selfie" Revised concept image. using just the two current ground layers I have revised the concept image for Selfie. I will keep using this technique as I build the next two ground layers introducing blue and green hues.

selfie, layers one and two

Layers one and two of "selfie". The scale of this peice can be measured against the height of the door. The next layer will be a gradual build up of blue from the top left corner gradually becoming more transparent as the colour moves towards the center canvas. Conversely  a layer of green will build from the bottom right canvas as a forth layer. I have been using a thick brush and rag to appy the colour then pressing porous shelf liners to pull paint off the canvas to create texture.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Selfie" is a group of nine 50cmx60cm paintings that make up one "selfie". I have a large wall in our Copenhagen apartment dining rm and the plan is to hang these 9 canvases and gradually build up the selfie image as I paint each canvas. I will start with my usual layers of colour grounds and I am thinking they will shift slightly in colour or perhaps hue from one canvas to another. After I have built up the figure I will add a surface layer of texture using the ground colours so the figure will receed in certain areas. I am hoping the negative space between the canvases will be like inverted window transoms and mullions.The idea is to have the figure receed a fair amount so the viewer doesn't quite see it at first. My thinking is that the T zone of the face will be the most obvious but that most likely will change through the course of the process.