‘The Boathouse, Gigha’
‘The Boathouse, Gigha’

Oil on Canvas, 16 x32″

SOLD

Portree Bay, Isle of Skye
Portree Bay, Isle of Skye

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″/76x102cms

‘BONSAI’ Book Cover
‘BONSAI’ Book Cover

An ex-Scot, Sandy Nicolson,living in San Francisco had bought a few of my paintings to remind him of home – the beaches and landscapes of the West Coast of Scotland.
Sandy had completed writing a novel and asked me if I was interested in coming up with ideas for the cover of the book – which, of course, I was delighted to do.
After looking at several options (one of which was a bonsai tree which had died and I sprayed silver to keep as a ‘object d’art’) my portrait of a friend’s daughter was chosen as it hinted at a key element in the storyline and seemed to invite finding out more.
As the novel says ‘everyone has a story to tell……’

Bonsai is available on Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and Hardback formats.

Spanish Sun
Spanish Sun

The Flower Shop

A change of environment necessitated a change of painting style – the hill top white villages of Southern Spain forced me into straighter lines and a different colour palette.
A few examples from the recent series of works.

Spanish Sun
Spanish Sun

The Blue Door

Spanish Sun
Spanish Sun

The Red Chair

Autumn in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Autumn in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow

Overlooking Glasgow University on an Autumn day – oil on canvas 60x80cms.

Arran from Skipness
Arran from Skipness

Oil on Canvas, 23×38″(60x100cms) Framed size
Hand Finished Gilt Frame

Towards Rum and Eigg from Silversands
Towards Rum and Eigg from Silversands

Oil on Canvas,23×38″(60x100cms) framed size
Hand Finished Gilt frame

Iona North End ‘Landscape’
Iona North End ‘Landscape’

Oil on Canvas, 16×40″ (40x100cms)

Towards Arran ‘Landscape’
Towards Arran ‘Landscape’

Oil on Canvas, 16×40″ (40x100cms)

Cuillins Skyline
Cuillins Skyline

Oil on Canvas
40×40″ (100x100cms) on Deep Edge Canvas

Family Day at Skipness
Family Day at Skipness

Oil on Canvas, 40x60cms (16×20″)

SOLD

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond

Oil on Canvas, 50x76cms (20×30″)

Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig
Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig

Oil on Canvas, 20×48″ (50x120cms)

SOLD

On the Easel
On the Easel

A new size (40x80cms) and a bolder more simple brushstrokes in the first of a series of 5

A well known location of Skipness towards the north of Arran and Lochranza

Summer Harvest, Perthshire
Summer Harvest, Perthshire

Oil on Canvas
40×40″ (100x100cms) on Deep Edge Canvas

Mull Skyline
Mull Skyline

Oil on Canvas, 40×40″(100x100cms) on Deep Edge Canvas

Portree Bay, Skye
Portree Bay, Skye

Oil on Canvas, (4ox40″) 100x100cms on Deep Edge Canvas

Sound of Mull Evening
Sound of Mull Evening

Oil on Canvas, 40×40″( 100x100cms) on Deep Edge Canvas

Evening Sky over Rhum
Evening Sky over Rhum

Oil on Canvas, 40×40″ (100x100cms) on a Deep Edge Canvas

Knapdale Morning
Knapdale Morning

Oil on canvas, 40×40″(100x100cms) on Deep Edge Canvas

Isle of Mull Headland
Isle of Mull Headland

Oil on Canvas, 28×38″ (71x96cms) Framed size in Charcoal Matt Frame

Mull Peaks
Mull Peaks

Oil on Canvas, 28×38″(71x96cms) Framed size in Charcoal Matt Frame

Knapdale Sunset
Knapdale Sunset

Oil on Canvas, 28×38″(71x96cms) Framed size in Hand Finished Frame

Loch Fyne Evening
Loch Fyne Evening

Oil on Canvas, 28″x38″(71x96cms) Framed size in Hand Finished Frame

‘Ferness’ (Local Hero – the movie)
‘Ferness’ (Local Hero – the movie)

Arguably the best Scottish movie ever made, directed by Bill Forsyth, ‘Local Hero’ tells the story of a USA oil company wanting to buy a small hamlet on the coast to develop as an oil terminal.
Set in the fictitious hamlet of ‘Ferness’ which actually was the village of Pennan on the east coast and the beach of Camusdarach on the west coast as the director could not find a location that met both his needs visually.
So the mythical ‘Ferness’ existed only on screen which is why I attempted, with a bit of artistic license, to create the place we could only see in the movie.

If you look hard enough you will find the famous telephone box.

If you haven’t seen the movie – it’s a gem.

Skipness Flower Meadow
Skipness Flower Meadow

Oil on Canvas in a Hand Finished Frame, overall size 46x56cms

Sanna Bay
Sanna Bay

Oil on Canvas in a Hand Finished Frame, overall size 46x56cms

Iona, North End
Iona, North End

Oil on Canvas with a Hand Finished Frame, overall size 46x56cms

Crinan Harbour
Crinan Harbour

Oil on Canvas in a Hand Finished frame, overall size 46x56cms

Crinan Ferry towards Jura
Crinan Ferry towards Jura

Oil on Canvas in a Hand Finished Frame, overall size 46x56cms

Gigha Bay
Gigha Bay

Oil on Canvas in a Hand Finished Frame, overall size 46x56cms

Portree Skyline
Portree Skyline

Oil on Canvas in Hand finished Frame, overall size 46x56cms

Sanna Bay Waves
Sanna Bay Waves

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Sanna Bay
Sanna Bay

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Off to Texas, USA
Off to Texas, USA

‘Carsaig Bay’Knapdale – looking out across the Sound of Jura to the top end of Jura (where George Orwell lived and completed his novel 1984) on a sunny afternoon. A favourite spot of mine with the advantage of the Inn at Tayvallich nearby.
Bought from a Gallery in Edinburgh and shipped over to Texas.

‘Last Man Standing’ – 8th Ave, New York
‘Last Man Standing’ – 8th Ave, New York

Oil on Canvas, 29×48″

A regular ‘pilgrimage’ for me when I am in New York is a visit to 723 8th Avenue to see a solitary fragment of 3 buildings sitting alone on an empty block – doubtless waiting their fate of demolition in preparation for another towering skyscraper.
Hence I was determined to capture the scene before this view was lost forever.
As an ‘artwork’ in their own right, they give a hint of what the street would have looked like many years ago – full of colour and character, the Celtic Pub being quite magnificent with its open roof, sculptures and colourful facade reminiscent of the buildings on the Grand Canal in Venice.

However, all is not lost!

Last visit to Manhattan showed the pile drivers on site pounding away but, more importantly,
on the site hoarding an architect outline on the mighty and spectacular tower block soon to appear – SURROUNDING the three buildings- no less.

Now my visits will have a ‘shrine’ to worship at – a sacred piece of heritage preserved!

Thank God (just continuing the religious metaphor!)

Sunday Afternoon in Central Park, New York
Sunday Afternoon in Central Park, New York

Just in its finishing stages, 32×40″ in its frame – Oil on canvas.

I have always been fascinated by the huge rocks in Central Park and the contrast of the peace and tranquility of the Park with the view of the stunning City skyscape. The two girls sitting and contemplating the view were probably doing what the Native American Indians did many years ago – without the buildings, of course!

The ‘Contemplation Pool’ Gigha
The ‘Contemplation Pool’ Gigha

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Palm Beach, Gigha
Palm Beach, Gigha

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

SOLD

Tobermory Bay
Tobermory Bay

Oil on canvas, 16×48″ (40x120cms)

SOLD

Oban Bay
Oban Bay

Oil on Canvas, 16×40″ (40x110cms)

Iona Abbey – ‘the road ahead’
Iona Abbey – ‘the road ahead’

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)
Framed in a hand finished and gilt frame

SOLD

Iona, towards Mull
Iona, towards Mull

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

White Sands, Iona
White Sands, Iona

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Skipness  Flower Meadow
Skipness Flower Meadow

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Iona North End
Iona North End

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Heading Out – Crinan Basin
Heading Out – Crinan Basin

Oil on Canvas, 30x80cms

Crinan Sea Lock
Crinan Sea Lock

Oil on Canvas, 30×80 cms

Kiloran Bay, Colonsay
Kiloran Bay, Colonsay

Pentaptych, Oil on canvas, 5 Panels
overall size with spaces 80cms/32″x 163cms/64″

SOLD

Arran Landscape
Arran Landscape

Oil on Canvas on Board, palette knife work
21×40″/53x103cms

Caribbean Beach
Caribbean Beach

On the island of Virgin Gorda – the tranquility of an empty beach and crystal clear waters reflecting the Caribbean sky

Oil on deep edge Canvas
30×40″ 76cms x 102

Caribbean Beach
Caribbean Beach

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″, 76 x 102cms

On the Easel
On the Easel

Underway with my first triptych – the beach on Gigha across three canvases 32″x38″. Also moving on to a 5 panel painting just to see how it works! Still haven’t found out what you call a five panel painting!

Morning Ferry to Gigha
Morning Ferry to Gigha

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″(76x102cms)

Safe Harbour, Gigha
Safe Harbour, Gigha

Oil on Canvas 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

Oil on Deep Edge Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Arran Alps 2 – rainclouds gather
Arran Alps 2 – rainclouds gather

Oil on Canvas 30×40″ (76x102cms)  ‘contrasting textures’

Arran Alps 1 – summer sky
Arran Alps 1 – summer sky

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms) ‘contrasting textures’

SOLD

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

Oil on Canvas, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

£1850.00

Winter Tide
Winter Tide

Oil on Canvas Painting, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Snow on Jura
Snow on Jura

Oil on Canvas Painting, 30×40″ (76x102cms)

Missing Girl Found
Missing Girl Found

‘MISSING’ GIRLS FOUND

Following the search on local media friends soon identified the two girls prominently featured pulling their sledges in the snow – Jane and Rose from Glasgow’s West End. For Christmas they were presented with a copy of the painting by Stag Gallery owner Cameron Reid in Buchanan Galleries.

Sunset over Jura
Sunset over Jura

Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″ (76cms x 102)

£3250.00 SOLD

Study – Oil on Board, 20″ x 30″ (51cms x 76)

Gigha Calm
Gigha Calm

Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″ (76cms x 102)

Gigha Tide Rush
Gigha Tide Rush

Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″ (76cms x 102)

Skye Sunset
Skye Sunset

Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″ (76cms x 102)

Skye Westwards
Skye Westwards

Oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″ (76cms x 102)

Elgol, Skye Calm
Elgol, Skye Calm

Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″ (76cms x 102)

SOLD

Loch Fyne towards Arran
Loch Fyne towards Arran

Oil on Canvas, 40″ x 30″, Deep edge Canvas

SOLD

Port Righ, Kintyre towards Arran
Port Righ, Kintyre towards Arran

Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 30″

Loch Crinan View
Loch Crinan View

Oil on Board, 10″ x 14″

On the Beach, Carsaig
On the Beach, Carsaig

Acrylic on Board, 16″ x 20″

Oronsay towards Jura and Islay
Oronsay towards Jura and Islay

Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 48″

Westport – Machrihanish Beach
Westport – Machrihanish Beach

Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 32″

April Shower over Arran
April Shower over Arran

Oil on Canvas  20″ x 30″

Silvercraigs Loch Fyne
Silvercraigs Loch Fyne

Oil on Board, 20″ x 30″

Tarbert Loch Fyne
Tarbert Loch Fyne

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 40″ Series 7 of 7

Ardrishaig
Ardrishaig

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 40″  Series 6 of 7

Lochgilphead
Lochgilphead

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 40″  Series 5 of 7

Cairnbaan
Cairnbaan

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 40″ Series 4 of 7

Bellanoch Islandadd Bridge
Bellanoch Islandadd Bridge

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 40″ Series 3 of 7

Bellanoch Marina
Bellanoch Marina

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 40″ Series 2 of 7

Crinan Basin
Crinan Basin

Oil on Canvas 12″ x 40″ / 1 of 7

Kilmory Bay, Knapdale
Kilmory Bay, Knapdale

Oil on Canvas 20″x 60″ Diptych – two canvases

SOLD

Crinan Ferry towards the Paps of Jura
Crinan Ferry towards the Paps of Jura

Oil on Canvas  20″ x 60″ Diptych – two canvases

SOLD

Loch Caolisport Knapdale
Loch Caolisport Knapdale

Oil on Canvas 38″x 38″

Clouds over Arran
Clouds over Arran

Oil on Canvas 16″x 40″

Carsaig Bay, Mid Argyll
Carsaig Bay, Mid Argyll

Oil on Canvas 30″x 40″ deep edge canvas

Sound of Jura
Sound of Jura

Oil on Canvas 30″x40″ deep edge canvas

Evening Sunset, Statfield Bay Knapdale
Evening Sunset, Statfield Bay Knapdale

Oil on Canvas 30×40″ deep edge canvas

Loch Crinan
Loch Crinan

Oil on Canvas  30×40″ deep edge canvas

Skipness towards Arran
Skipness towards Arran

oil on canvas 30″x40″ deep edge canvas

Kiloran Bay towards Mull (on the beach)
Kiloran Bay towards Mull (on the beach)

Oil on canvas 30″x40 deep edge canvas

SOLD

Port Righ, Morning
Port Righ, Morning

Acrylic on Canvas, Sketch Study, 16″ x 40″

Arran Panorama
Arran Panorama

Oil on Canvas, 14″ x 98″

Crinan Harbour, Mid Argyll
Crinan Harbour, Mid Argyll

Oil on Board, 20″ x 30″

SOLD

Kiloran Bay 2, Colonsay
Kiloran Bay 2, Colonsay

Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 48″

SOLD

Kiloran Bay 1, Colonsay
Kiloran Bay 1, Colonsay

Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 40″

SOLD

Towards Jura
Towards Jura

Oil on Canvas, 47″ x 47″

Tayvallich
Tayvallich

Acrylic on Canvas  47″ x 47″

Caribbean Sunset
Caribbean Sunset

Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 32″

Tide Rush
Tide Rush

Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 32″

Caribbean Reflections
Caribbean Reflections

Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 32″

Incoming Tide
Incoming Tide

Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 32″

Between the Rocks
Between the Rocks

Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 32″

Untied Ribbon
Untied Ribbon

Acrylic on Canvas, 28″ x 36″

Peeping Tom
Peeping Tom

Oil on Canvas, 28″ x 36″

Behind the Line
Behind the Line

Acrylic on Canvas, 28″ x 36″

At the Barre
At the Barre

Acrylic on Canvas, 28″ x 36″

Afternoon Rehearsal
Afternoon Rehearsal

Oil on Canvas, 28″ x 36″

Rosie – light and dark
Rosie – light and dark

Acrylic on Board – set of two pieces – each 36″ x 24″

Poolside a la Hockney
Poolside a la Hockney

Oil on Canvas, 28″ x 36″

San Gimignano,Tuscany
San Gimignano,Tuscany

Acrylic on Board, 20″ x 24″

Spring, Kensington Gardens
Spring, Kensington Gardens

Acrylic on Board, 19″ x 23″

Grande Canal, Venice
Grande Canal, Venice

Acrylic on Board, 9″ x 24″

Grande Canal, Venice, detail
Grande Canal, Venice, detail

Acrylic on Board, 9″ x 12″

The Crinan Canal Poster
The Crinan Canal Poster

An A2 Poster  420mm x 594mm featuring six key locations on the Canal journey –

Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, Cairnbaan, Bellanoch Islandadd Bridge, Bellanoch Marina and Crinan Basin

Price £19.99 plus £2.50 post and packing (UK)  – unframed