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The violin

The violin: How much do you need to draw? What can you omit? (more…)

Rigger brushes

I make large-scale oil paintings on wooden boards with subtle colours using ‘black’ paint and rigger brushes. (more…)

Finding Flow in Mark-Making

Finding flow in mark-making is what I call when capturing the essence of a subject without lifting the pencil from the drawing paper. (more…)

Folk and Freens

Every year I draw Folk and Freens at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: featuring bands as Dallahan, Gone Native, Simon Kempston, Nae Plans, and Brechin All Records. (more…)

Darg and Drams at the Meffan Gallery

Scotland: Darg and Drams has grown into a comprehensive body of work which is dedicated to Scottish heritage, industries and landmarks. Darg and Drams at the Meffan Gallery was exhibited in a solo show in 2017. (more…)

The Masters of Glassblowing

Extremely hot, that is really what I take away from this amazing experience amidst The Masters of Glassblowing in Murano. You have to have skin made out of leather to withstand the temperatures. Drinking 8 litres of water a day is not uncommon for masters Matteo, Roberto, Giovanni, and Maurice. (more…)

Drunk on whisky, butts and barrels

In the barns where the whisky casks are made the movement of the coopers dancing around their barrels, busy shaping, shaving and charring casks instantly captivated me. With their aprons, traditional tools (more…)

Printmaking and Whisky

This Printmaking and Whisky clip shows some of the tools and equipment I use in the studio when creating etchings focussed on the whisky industry. I built up the drawing  onto the copper plate in several layers. Each layer exposing unprotected copper is bathed in acid.  (more…)

The Janice Forsyth Show and Aberdeen Maritime Museum

The Shipyards of Aberdeen are now part of the permanent public art collection of Aberdeen Maritime Museum. In a BBC radio interview on the Janice Forsyth Show (more…)