i'll meet you there - painting

i’ll meet you there

UK vs. Europe, Scotland vs England … these are disconcerting, divisive times. Wishing you all peace and love. Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 38x28cm £150 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” -rumi

the seismologists - painting

the seismologists

New Zealand is located on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates so experiences earthquakes regularly. Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm £150 “Earth is ancient now, but all knowledge is stored up in her.  She keeps a record of everything that has happened since time began.  Of time before time,…

the singer - paint

the singer

On listening to Leonard Cohen … Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm £150 “Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray I ache in the places where I used to play And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower…

the musician - panting

the musician

On listening to Leonard Cohen … Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm Sold “Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray I ache in the places where I used to play And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower…

the composer - painting

the composer

On listening to Leonard Cohen … Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm Sold “Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray I ache in the places where I used to play And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower…

find - painting

find

DNA is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix.  DNA carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA strands are composed of simpler units called nucleotides.  Each nucleotide is composed of one of…

search - painting

search

DNA is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix.  DNA carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA strands are composed of simpler units called nucleotides.  Each nucleotide is composed of one of…

ladies, a plate I

ladies, a plate

In the olden days in New Zealand, the phrase “Ladies a plate” on an invitation was a request to bring a plate of food to share.  This request is now more egalitarian – “please bring a plate” results in all genders bringing food to the event. Acrylic & collage on board Diameter 40cm Varied edition:…

the remembering - acrylic on paper

the remembering

The archaeological record is the body of physical evidence of human prehistory and history.  Databases of field notes and photographic images are a crucial repository of knowledge about human civilisations. This image features New Zealand petroglyphs. Acrylic & collage on Fabriano 640gsm paper 28x28cm $150 The life of the dead is placed in the memory…

the weight of memory - mixed media

the weight of memory

The archaeological record is the body of physical evidence of human prehistory and history.  Evidence can easily be destroyed by natural catastrophes or human activity, such as land development, war, tourism or even inexpert archaeological investagtions. Online databases of field notes and photographic images are a crucial repository of knowledge about human civilisations. This image…

the new world has old stories - mixed media

the new world has old stories

Petroglyphs are found in limestone caves and shelters in the South Island of New Zealand.  They are thought to date from the 15th century, New Zealand’s ‘Moa Hunter’ period. Acrylic & collage on Fabriano 640gsm paper 28x28cm $150 To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.…

greywacke

Canterbury’s braided rivers transport shattered greywacke rocks from the Southern Alps over the Canterbury plains to the Pacific Ocean, transforming them into rounded boulders. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x28cm Varied edition: 4 $150

lachesis v

lachesis

The witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” are often interpreted as representing the Fates of classical mythology. They appear at the birth of each person, spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life. The Old English word ‘wyrd’ or ‘weird’ means ‘fate’. Lachesis measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Acrylic…

the others iii

the others

“The Others”:  people who don’t conform with societal norms, and are therefore alienated or marginalised by powerful social institutions, such as the state or the church. Such as the witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm Varied edition Sold out

a deed without a name

a deed without a name

Blood on their hands … Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Macbeth: How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags? What is ’t you do? The Witches: A deed without a name. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 4, Scene 1

out damned spot

out, damned spot!

The sleepwalking Lady Macbeth betrays her guilt …. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Lady Macbeth: Out, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two. Why then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call…

the darkness of our condition

the darkness of our condition

Power corrupts … Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’ other—” Shakespeare “Macbeth”, Act 1, Scene 7

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…

tiree iii

tiree iii

Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides.  Compact and bijou – about twelve miles long and three miles wide – the island is a gem, with miles of white shell sand beaches surrounded by the Atlantic in all its blue-green glory. Acrylic & map on canvas 10x20x3.5cm Sold

ee-usk mural

just keep swimming

An allegory of 21st century life, on the site hoarding of a new hotel development in Oban, Argyll, Scotland.  That happy fish going against the flow has clearly attracted the attention of the authorities …. 😉 Mural 35×2.5m Commissioned by Ee-usk

The covenham triptych

covenham triptych

The medieval churches of St Bartholomew & St Mary in Covenham, Lincolnshire are built within 100 metres of each other, perhaps to neutralise a local coven … The end sections of the “triptych” represent the churches’ patron saints: Bartholomew was flayed and crucified upside down, Mary is shown with her son. Covenham Reservoir, a significant…

Aoraki - acrylic painting

aoraki

New Zealand’s highest mountain was named after Captain James Cook who surveyed and circumnavigated New Zealand in 1770.  It was renamed Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1998, acknowledging the mountain’s existing Maori name. Acrylic Image size: 50x40cm

La Patte - acrylic painting

la patte

Painted self-portrait of a printmaker, including a ‘pawprint’.  Irredeemably retinal … Acrylic 50x40cm “In French there is an old expression, ‘la patte’, meaning the artist’s touch, his personal style, his ‘paw’. I wanted to get away from ‘la patte’ and from all that retinal painting.” -marcel duchamp