Photographed by Hubert Cecil
Raised in the Scottish Highlands, I was captivated from a very early age by my wild surroundings and the dramatically colourful landscapes and skies. I have always had a thirst for colour and love for bright scenes, my passion for art stems from childhood, watching my mother who is an artist and almost never without a palette or brush in her grasp. She encouraged me to “paint in the moment.” After completing my education at Stowe School in 2006 I went to Edinburgh to do a foundation course at Leith School of Art. I then headed to the cobbled streets of Florence, Italy where I trained for four years as a portrait painter under the classical method of “sight size” at Charles H Cecil studios.
Besides portrait painting, I revel in painting landscapes. Since Florence I have travelled to different parts of the world to capture other cultures, architecture and study others’ ways of living. I don’t always paint a subject as one might see it with one’s own eye. I paint what I see in my mind as a dream-like vision. It is a form of Magical Realism in art. Much of my colour use has been inspired by trips to India, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Brazil, Kenya and the Highlands.
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