Having retired from a career as an Orthopaedic Surgeon I attended classes in Drawing and Painting at the Glasgow School of Art where my tutor was James Watt, well known in the West of Scotland for his marine paintings of the Clyde Estuary and West Coast of Scotland. He taught a foundation course emphasising the importance of tone, line and edges which stood me in good stead as I started to paint in watercolour. For several years I studied under Margaret Evans at her studio in Perthshire.
My initial efforts could be described as 'tight' but discovering the paintings of the late Ted Wesson I knew I wanted to paint in his loose impressionist style. I have been further influenced by the works of John Yardley, John Hoar and Jake Winkle and in particular Steve Hall who has taught me so much on his courses in Scotland and England.
Most of my paintings are on half Imperial 200lb Bockingford Rough which does not need stretched and is held in a hardboard frame similar to that used by Ted Wesson. I use a large squirrel mop for the initial washes and a size 14 sable or synthetic round for more detailed work. A swordliner or reservoir brush adds the final calligraphy.
My standard colours are two blues, Ultramarine and Cobalt Blue; three yellows, Raw Sienna, Winsor Yellow and Quinacridone Gold; and two reds, Burnt Sienna and Madder Brown. My darks are Burnt Umber and Neutral Tint.