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Outdoor Paintings

“I used bigger canvases, carrying them in my arms to remote locations… and made the most of being in the moment; in the elements and the fading light…”


I have an intimate relationship with every picture I paint. I never paint from photographs. I immerse myself totally in my subject. In order to create my most recent body of work I lived for extended periods of time in complete isolation in the scottish wilderness.


I was surrounded on all sides by the elements and energies of Nature. Ordinary tasks necessary to survival like chopping firewood and hunting game did not only inspire but literally became subjects of my paintings.


My experience also pushed the development of my painting practice, becoming more primitive and immediate. I used bigger canvases, carrying them in my arms to remote locations where I painted with more purposeful, sweeping strokes, never painting the same part of canvas twice and making the most of being in the moment in the elements and the fading light.




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