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I'm a self-taught artist who began painting a year ago in spring 2017. After finding myself visiting supermarkets just to stare at rows of pretty packaging, I decided I had a serious colour-deficit in my life, and needed to do something about it. I bought a few canvasses and started throwing colour around to see what would happen, and eventually found myself gravitating back to my love of the natural world.
Now I work exclusively with acrylics on canvas and love the sense of immediacy and vibrant colours these produce. I still take inspiration from the wildlife and sweeping landscapes of the Scottish Borders but, in the paintings themselves, I like to draw the viewer’s attention from the general to the particular, as if peeling back the public layers to reveal a specific, private moment in time – a kingfisher’s dive, or a cow’s inquisitive lick, for example. The backgrounds of my paintings are generally fairly neutral and without distraction in order to focus on the smaller expressions of beauty inherent in our everyday lives. I also try to reflect that in some of the slightly quirky characters I create. I hope they make you smile.