Artful in Life: Mystic in Heart
Visual art is a path of dignity and beauty, yet in essence authentically childlike .
I have been a lifelong mystic. In my Art, the visionary and esoteric are woven together and give rise to doorways to other worlds, visions of a life informed by the unseen and often overlooked. Objectively this process becomes clearer when I experience nature's wilderness where strong echoes of ancient days can be glimpsed.
Storytelling underpins our childhood and timeless myth pervades our world still. It gives rise to dreams and an unsettling yearning for the authentic life. I strive to reinvigorate narrative realism and lavish detail and symbol in my pictures which directly connects us to the Romantic vistas of 19th century landscape painting, the figurative Mannerist Renaissance tradition and the mystery religions of the Ancient World.
The artistic path is profound and insightful, as is the spiritual one, both providing abundant fulfilment for the mystic artisan. These two aspects of my being, like stalwart friends show me the way forward.
Fidra Fine Art Gallery
ArtLounge, Grosvenor Centre, Macclesfield 2018
Barnaby Festival Artist in Residence, Macclesfield 2016
ArtLounge, Grosvenor Centre, Macclesfield 2016
North Berwick Arts Festival, Fidra Fine Art, Edinburgh 2016
Flux 2, Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art London 2015
Le Dame Gallery, Melia White House, Regents Park, London 2015
ExhibitHere, Menier Gallery, London 2015
Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair 2015
The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh 2015
Skart Open Contemporaries Highly Commended Award (2013)
Scottish Brewers Travel Award (1984)
Royal Glasgow Institute Exhibitionship Award (1989)
John Cargill (senior) Award (1989)