Sic itur ad astra - screenprint

sic itur ad astra

At 3,724 metres, Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand.  It lies in the Southern Alps, in the Canterbury region. Edmund Hillary no doubt acquired some technical skills on Aoraki/Mount Cook before attempting Everest ….  such is the way to the stars, or immortality. Screenprint 18x18cm Varied edition: 30 $150 It is not…

peter time - digital collage

peter time

Lost in work. Digital collage Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep…

A critical juncture - digital collage

a critical juncture

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images.  Scraps were stored between the pages of a book, either individually or in a set, a collection of a single image in various sizes.  At playtime, collectors would swap scrap books and thumb through the pages, poking scraps of…

starry messenger - digital collage

starry messenger

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images.  Scraps were stored between the pages of a book, either individually or in a set, a collection of a single image in various sizes.  At playtime, collectors would swap scrap books and thumb through the pages, poking scraps of…

the past is a foreign country - digital collage

the past is a foreign country

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images.  Scraps were stored between the pages of a book, either individually or in a set, a collection of a single image in various sizes.  At playtime, collectors would swap scrap books and thumb through the pages, poking scraps of…

the price of knowledge - digital collage

the-price-of-knowledge

NASA built six Space Shuttles.  Enterprise was used for flight tests only.  Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour were reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft, used to launch satellites, conduct science experiments in orbit and service the International Space Station.  135 missions were flown between 1981 and 2011. Challenger and Columbia were both destroyed in mission…

Buachaille - cyanotype

buachaille

Buachaille Etive Mòr is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive.   Its pyramidal shape makes it one of the most easily recognisable mountains in Scotland. Cyanotype Varied edition: 10 prints £30 Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

a dream of big science - cyanotype

a dream of big science

Maritime expeditions in the Age of Enlightenment were motivated mainly by scientific curiosity.  HMS Challenger set sail from Portsmouth in 1872 to investigate the natural history and geology of the ocean floor. Challenger circumnavigated the globe for three and half years, covering almost 70,000 nautical miles.  The crew dredged up thousands of samples and mapped…

expedition - cyanotype

expedition

The Challenger Expedition followed in the footsteps of many other maritime expeditions.  This image features a map from the Challenger Report, showing the routes taken by the prinicpal expeditions, from the first voyage of Captain Cook through to the Challenger Expedition. Cyanotype Varied edition: 10 prints

challenger deep cyanotype

challenger deep

Challenger Deep is the deepest known point in the Earth’s seabed hydrosphere, with a depth of about 11,000 metres.  It is found at the southern end of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It is named after HMS Challenger, whose crew made the first measurements of its depth.  Only four vehicles have descended into…

how worthy of honour is the sea - screenprint

how worthy of honour is the sea

The sea is our planet’s life support system, essential for providing water & food, and regulating our atmosphere and climate.  It’s at great risk from acidification, pollution and unsustainable fishing practices. Let’s save it. Screenprint Image size 28×9 cm Edition: 7 £60 Nach urramach an cuan -gaelic saying

give us this day our daily fish - screenprint

give us this day our daily fish

On reading Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the sea” …. with a nod to an infamous British weather man. Screenprint Image size 27x9cm Edition: 12 £50 Here Surrounding the island There’s sea. But what sea? It’s always overflowing. Says yes, Then no, Then no again, And no, Says yes In blue In sea spray Raging, Says…

cantona - screenprint

cantona

For Eric Cantona, the philosopher footballer. With Oban fishing boats rather than trawlers. And mackerel, instead of sardines. But the seagulls remain …. Screenprint Image size 9×27 cm Edition: 9 £50 When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. -eric cantona

tangerine trees & marmalade skies - screenprint

tangerine trees & marmalade skies

On listening to the Beatles …. Just another west coast sunset, featuring McCaig’sTower in Oban, and Mull Screenprint Image size 9×27 cm Varied edition: 15 £50 Picture yourself in a boat on a river With tangerine trees and marmalade skies Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly A girl with kaleidoscope eyes -the beatles “lucy…

tangerine trees & marmalade skies - screenprint

tangerine trees & marmalade skies

On listening to the Beatles …. Just another west coast sunset, featuring McCaig’sTower in Oban, and Mull Screenprint Image size 9×27 cm Varied edition: 15 £50 Picture yourself in a boat on a river With tangerine trees and marmalade skies Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly A girl with kaleidoscope eyes -the beatles “lucy…

in the midnight hour

Being a night owl, this is a familiar view of Oban …. McCaig’s Tower, with lace curtains. Screenprint Image size 9x27cm Edition: 6 £45 The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. -einstein

red moon screenprint

red moon

On Monday 28 September, 2015 a spectacular “blood moon” was visible between 3-4am in Oban as a result of the simultaneous occurrence of a “supermoon” (a full moon when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit) and a lunar eclipse (the moon passes into the shadow of Earth). This “blood moon” appears red…

have another kipper, doctor! - digital collage

have another kipper, doctor!

Because if you don’t have it for breakfast, I’ll be making it into kedgeree for dinner! Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a…

dr finlay, i presume?

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

dammit, janet! - digital collage

dammit, janet!

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

another teacake, doctor cameron - digital collage

another teacake, doctor cameron?

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

the name's Finlay, Dr. Finlay - digital collage

the name’s finlay, dr finlay

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

tokonoma #2 collage

tokonoma

I’m enjoying the BBC series of documentaries on Japanese culture very much. A tokonoma is a built-in recess in a traditional Japanese reception room, where special objects, usually a calligraphic or pictorial scroll and a flower arrangement, are displayed artfully.  The pillar on one side of the tokonoma is usually made of wood, specially prepared…

markers of human endeavour #1 - monoprint

markers of human endeavour

The ancient landscape of Argyll, with its many standing stones, cairns, cists, cup & ring marks, henge monuments, forts, duns & crannogs, is a testament to the effort expended by the prehistoric people of the area.  The purpose of the stones is unknown: these sites could have been built for ceremonial or commemorative reasons, or…

moon dreaming textile panel

moon dreaming

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of ancient monuments, featuring a standing stone and the moon. Textile panel 20″x20″ £150

transit textile panel

transit

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of ancient monuments.  It features some standing stones illuminated by the movement of the sun across the sky. Textile panel 20″x20″ Sold

i felt a soul run through me - textile panel

i felt a soul run through me

I’m from Port Glasgow, but I feel at home here among the ghosts in the ancient landscape of Argyll, with its many standing stones, cairns, cists, cup & ring marks, henge monuments, forts, duns & crannogs. The panel features four (strong and stable!) standing stones and cup & ring mark fabric designed & printed specially…

the birth of scotland ii textile panel

the birth of scotland ii

The Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata was founded in the 6th century, when Irish Gaelic raiders called the Scoti colonized Western Scotland. I designed much of the fabric used in this panel, featuring cup & ring marks and DNA. Textile panel 20″x20″ £150

the birth of scotland i textile panel

the birth of scotland i

The Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata was founded in the 6th century, when Irish Gaelic raiders called the Scoti colonized Western Scotland. I designed much of the fabric used in this panel, featuring cup & ring marks and DNA. Textile panel 20″x20″ £150

seafarers textile panel

seafarers

Scots have migrated all over the world, voluntarily or by necessity. I designed most of the fabric used in this panel, featuring the sea, fish, compasses, the shipping forecast and star maps. Textile panel 20″x20″

voyages textile panel

voyages

Scots have migrated all over the world, voluntarily or by necessity. I designed most of the fabrics used in this panel, featuring the sea, fish, compasses, the shipping forecast and star maps. Textile panel 20″x20″

ceremony iv textile panel

ceremony iv

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain, but they were likely to play a part in important ceremonies. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

ceremony iii textile panel

ceremony iii

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain, but they were likely to play a part in important ceremonies. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

seven sisters textile panel

seven sisters

This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of important monuments. The panel features Pleiades (Messier 45), an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus.  It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and is obvious to the naked eye in the night sky, a prominent…

sky maps textile panel

sky maps

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of ancient monuments.  It features the Pleiades star cluster and a long line of standing stones. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

ceremony ii textile panel

ceremony ii

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain.  This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of significant monuments.  It features the Pleiades star cluster and the Kilmartin Glen linear cemetery, five cairns arranged in…

pleiades i textile panel

pleiades i

The panel features Pleiades (Messier 45), an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus.  It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and is obvious to the naked eye in the night sky, a prominent sight in winter in the Northern Hemisphere.  The ten brightest stars of the Pleiades are named after…

earth dreaming textile panel

earth dreaming

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  This panel features some standing stones. Textile panel 20″x20″ Sold A dream you dream alone is only a dream.  A dream you dream together is reality. -john lennon

ceremony i textile panel

ceremony i

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns. The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain, but they were likely to play a part in important ceremonies. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

the fall digital collage

the fall

Forming a strong and stable government … Based on The Fall of Man by Lucas Cranach the Younger Digital collage And the woman said, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.’ book of genesis

pantomime digital collage

pantomime

General Election shenanigans … he’s behind you. Digital collage True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. socrates

Temptation - Oban Chocolate Company

temptation

Some chocolate-themed old master paintings… Installation – framed digital collages on aluminium Commissioned by the Oban Chocolate Company “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” -charles m schulz

dunollie spoons

the answer is blowin' in the wind ….

…. but you have to ask your own questions. This installation in the Fairy Garden at Dunollie House in Oban was inspired by the wooden spoons in the house’s Hope MacDougall Collection – thousands of items from the working and domestic lives of Scottish people. I was interested in how the humble kitchen utensil became…

dunollie spoons

the answer is blowin’ in the wind ….

…. but you have to ask your own questions. This installation in the Fairy Garden at Dunollie House in Oban was inspired by the wooden spoons in the house’s Hope MacDougall Collection – thousands of items from the working and domestic lives of Scottish people. I was interested in how the humble kitchen utensil became…