herring girls iii digital collage Oban

herring girls iii

Some twisted Victoriana. Herring girls followed the herring fishing fleets, to gut and pack the silver darlings.  I hope they spent some of their hard-earned cash on party dresses and hats for the post-work ceilidhs … Digital collage 22x22cm £30 Larger sizes available

McCandless confirms .. - hms challenger NASA screenprint

McCandless confirms …

… that the moon is made of cheese. The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists: more than a century after the expedition, NASA named a Space Shuttle after the ship.  On 3 February 1984, Bruce McCandless II took the first untethered spacewalk from Space Shuttle Challenger using a Manned Maneuvering Unit, subject of an iconic photograph…

Legacy - hms challenger NASA screenprint

legacy

The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists: more than a century after the expedition, NASA named a Space Shuttle after the ship.  On 3 February 1984, Bruce McCandless II took the first untethered spacewalk from Space Shuttle Challenger using a Manned Maneuvering Unit, subject of an iconic photograph of an astronaut floating above the Blue Planet.…

corvette and frigates - screenprint

corvette & frigates

“H.M.S. Challenger, a steam corvette, with a spar upper deck, of 2306 tons displacement, and an indicated power of 1234 horses, was chosen for this [expedition] … All the guns were removed with the exception of two, and the space which they and the stores and ammunition in connection with them had occupied, was devoted…

to boldly go - digital

to boldly go

The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists: more than a century after the expedition, NASA named the Apollo 17 lunar module and a Space Shuttle after the ship, and the Voyager I spacecraft, which left Earth in 1977, is travelling into interstellar space. Digital collage Limited edition: 10 prints 36x150cm

floating worlds - digital - hms challenger

floating worlds

“On the 11th, at 2.50 am, the first iceberg was sighted.  At 5 am sails were furled, and a sounding, trawling, and serial temperatures were taken in 1260 fathoms, Diatom ooze, Station 152.  Up to the time of the Expedition, about 500 species of radiolarian had been identified.  Challenger brought home more than 2,000 new…

aurora - digital

aurora

In investigating the strength and direction of the ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, when out of sight of land or unable to anchor a boat, observations of the heavenly bodies are the only resource … Digital collage Limited edition: 10 prints 36x150cm “The ship remained at Halifax from the 9th to the 19th…

challenger iii - digital

challenger iii

“The vast ocean lay scientifically unexplored  All the efforts of the previous decade had been directed to the strips of water around the coast and to enclosed or partially enclosed seas; great things had certainly been done there, but as certainly far greater things remained to be done beyond. This consideration led to the conception…

schrodingers cat iii - screenprint

schrödinger’s cat iii

Erwin Schrödinger devised a thought experiment to illustrate the problem of applying the 1935 Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics to everyday objects.  Featuring the Dirac constant used in the Schrödinger equation, a partial differential equation that describes how the quantum state of a physical system changes with time. Screenprint 23x39cm Edition:35 £45

artefacts - digital

artefacts

“The morning after the Expedition arrived trade went on briskly, the canoes crowding around the ship, and the natives handing their weapons and ornaments through the main deck ports.  The barter given in exchange was principally ordinary hoop iron broken up into pieces about 6 inches in length; but a great deal of so-called “trade…

deeptime - quilt

deeptime

Argyll’s prehistory is a preoccupation: my work explores what motivated the people to create the many standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns in the landscape.  This quilt considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of important monuments.  It features the Ballymeanoch standing stones and the linear cemetery, five cairns –…

the mind of aristotle

Aristotle, a pupil of Plato, was a Greek philosopher. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Cicero described his literary style as “a river of gold”.  He tutored Alexander the Great.…

james cook iv - collage

james cook iv

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

james cook ii - screenprint

james cook ii

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

abel tasman iii - screenprint

abel tasman iii

Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644.  He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands. Screenprint 20x26cm Edition: 10

abel tasman ii - screenprint

abel tasman ii

Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644.  He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands. Screenprint 15x21cm Edition:10 £75

abel tasman i - screenprint

abel tasman i

Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644.  He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands. Tasman’s crew were the first Europeans to have a…

james cook i - screenprint

james cook i

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.  Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

red giant

A red giant star is a dying star in the last stages of stellar evolution. In only a few billion years, our own sun will turn into a red giant star, expand and engulf the inner planets, possibly even Earth. Screen print 30x30cm Edition:6 £100 “We have all the time in the world …” Louis…

Supermassive black hole - screenprint

supermassive black hole

A black hole is a region of spacetime where it is thought that gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.   A supermassive black hole is the largest type of black hole. Screenprint 30x30cm Edition:10 £100 “Black holes are where God divided by zero.” einstein

the science of art ii

the science of art ii

Mathematicians since Euclid have studied the properties of the golden ratio, also called the golden mean or golden section. Two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The Greek letter phi represents the golden ratio: 1.6180339887. Artists…

the science of art i

the science of art i

Mathematicians since Euclid have studied the properties of the golden ratio, also called the golden mean or golden section. Two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The Greek letter phi represents the golden ratio: 1.6180339887. Artists…

the art of science ii - digital collage

the art of science ii

Physicists believe that everything is made from a few fundamental subatomic particles, governed by four fundamental forces. Their best understanding of how these particles and three of the forces are related to each other is captured by the Standard Model of particle physics. A thing of beauty, if incomplete … gravity and dark matter are…

the art of science i

the art of science i

Physicists believe that everything is made from a few fundamental subatomic particles, governed by four fundamental forces. Their best understanding of how these particles and three of the forces are related to each other is captured by the Standard Model of particle physics. A thing of beauty, if incomplete … gravity and dark matter are…

river dreaming

river dreaming

Salmon are anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce.  They often return to their birthplace to spawn,  a feat that depends upon olfactory memory. Screenprint 12x12cm Edition:12 £45 “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years…

redheads

redheads

Acrylic & gold leaf on wood 10x10x30cm Sold “Across the entire human population, only 1-2% has red hair in its various shades.   But in Scotland 13% of our 5 million people are redheads and about 30% carry one of the genetic variants needed to pass that characteristic  from one generation to the next.” Alistair Moffat,…

Picts II

picts ii

The term Pict generally refers to the people who lived in the far north of Scotland.  Their story is relatively undocumented, apart from a scattering of decorated stones and artefacts, created between 400-900AD.  This work features  notched rectangle designs found on some carved stones. DNA analysis has identified a genetic marker – R1bstr47, or R1b-Pict…

picts i

picts i

The term Pict generally refers to the people who lived in the far north of Scotland.  Their story is relatively undocumented, apart from a scattering of decorated stones and artefacts, created between 400-900AD. Pictii probably means painted or tattooed people: it was observed by contemporary commentators that individuals were tattooed to indicate their rank and…

herring girls ii

herring girls ii

Some twisted Victoriana. Herring girls followed the herring fishing fleets, to gut and pack the silver darlings.  I hope they spent some of their hard-earned cash on party dresses and hats for the post-work ceilidhs … Digital collage 22x22cm £30 Larger sizes available

When shall we three meet again

when shall we three meet again?

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters is ancient classical myths of the three Fates, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of…

The Travelling Salesman

the travelling salesman

In the footsteps of Columba … a missionary toolkit In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became  his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity. This gilded suitcase features rosaries, celtic crosses, religious medallions, bibles, miniature icons, prayers, and some bottled Christianity: original sin, divine mystery, holy trinity, baptism,…

Brother Columba's Travelling Salvation Show

brother columba’s travelling salvation show

In the footsteps of Columba … a missionary toolkit In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became  his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity. This gilded suitcase features bibles, icons, pilgrims’ shells, devotional scapulars, St Patrick & St Bridget medallions, and some bottled Catholicism: absolution, plenary indulgences, original…

the monks legacy

the monk’s legacy

In the footsteps of Columba … literacy. In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became a centre of literacy and his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity.   Many Catholic schools and parishes throughout Scotland are named after Columba, including St Columba’s in Oban, the cathedral of the…

the book of the dead

the book of the dead

In the footsteps of Columba … war. Around 560, Columba copied a psalter manuscript on the sly at the scriptorium of his mentor Finnian, who claimed ownership of the copy.  The dispute between Columba and Finnian escalated: about 3,000 men were killed at the resulting Battle of Cúl Dreimhne.  Columba was held responsible for these…

the song remains the same

the song remains the same

In the footsteps of Columba … inspiration for composers. The Cathach of St. Columba is a late 6th century Irish Psalter, traditionally identified as the copy made by Columba of a book loaned to him by Finnian.  The 58 folios in the damaged and incomplete vellum manuscript contain the text of Psalms 30:10 to 105:13…

three hail marys

three hail marys

Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died.  In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity. In the footsteps of Columba … free psychotherapy.  The sacrament…

hail mary iii - screenprint

hail mary iii

Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died.  In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity. In the footsteps of Columba … new goddesses for old. …