My paintings are derived mainly from Landscape and Still-Life. I react mainly to the abstract qualities and surface patterns I see around me. I prefer to work from drawings and then follows a distillation process where I decide on the approach to a particular piece. What results is a painting based on what is seen but becomes an equivalent of the visual image.
Studied Glasgow School of Art and had a successful teaching career ending in 1983 as principle of Hamilton Grammar School where I retired in order to paint full time. Since 1948 have exhibited regularly at the major Scottish Exhibitions and in London, New York and abroad.
The May Marshall Brown Award – RSW 1984
The Mabel MacKinlay Award – RGI 1990
The David Cargill Award – RGI 1995
Twice a prizewinner in the ‘Laing’ competition.
Robert Colqohoun Memorial Prize winner – 1974
1991 – Thackery Gallery, London
1995 – The Fosse Gallery
1998 – “New Directions”, Roger Billcliffe Gallery
1999 – Retrosprective Exhibition as part of Perth Festival
2003 – Frederick Gallery, Dublin
2004 – “Rhythm and Blues”, John Martin of London
2006 – John Martin
2009 – John Davies Gallery
2011 – Richmondhill Gallery, London
2013 – Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
The Scottish Arts Council
City of Edinburgh Art Collection
Robert Fleming & Company – 4Works
East Kilbride Town Council
Education Authorities of Edinburgh, Argyll, Dunbartonshire & Lanarkshire
The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
Warburg Asset Management