industry and economic development in London, Paris and Glasgow. Now I live in Newburgh Fife, Scotland, where I share a studio
My primary school introduced me to Titian and Cézanne, and although my education led me into science, I kept a fascination with the world of art. As soon as I graduated, I bought a set of oil paints and I have never looked back. At first I wanted to fix images that came in dreams and memories, and then to explore surrealism, and I still like to give some of my subjects a slightly surreal quality. I have been fascinated by the rounded hills, dark woods and agricultural patterns of North Fife, the rich colours and textures of central France and the exuberant sensuality of the Scottish Contemporary Dance Theatre.
My landscapes are mostly in acrylics, but preparatory sketches in pastels are sometimes as good as the finished painting. I like to experiment and as a novice potter I found that the work seemed to evolve in its own way, into something richer and stranger than my original concept. More recently I have painted on silk cushion covers and scarves. Silk painting allows an immediacy, lightness and movement that I have found nowhere else.
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I was born in Northampton, England but spent my childhood in Lancashire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. I went to University in St Andrews then worked in