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This painting was inspired by a fayre day in my local park (Braid Valley Park in Edinburgh) when a charity rubber duck race was taking place. It was a sunny autumn day and the light was sparkling off the water and there was a sense of fun and joy in the air as local families and onlookers spectated.
This park contains a lot of mature trees and bushes as well as this small river running through it. In my work I am interested in how people experience and interact with nature in our modern times, especially city dwellers like myself.
This work was painted with professional quality acrylic paints (Golden Open), on a gesso coated cradled wood panel with deep sides (5.5.cm). The sides have been painted white so that the work is ready to hang (without needing a frame).
I am an emerging contemporary painter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In my art practice I am inspired by everyday life - a large part of my working process is hunting for new ideas in the visual world around me e.g. walking in the woods in summer, watching reflections on a pond in spring, spotting wildlife, seeing my children growing and engaging with the world, exploring unfamiliar places (sometimes old photographs) evidencing past lives, or other ways of living.
In these things I sense the inevitable passing of time and the spirit of being alive, and it's this I try to capture in my work. I record my ideas in sketches, photographs or plein air paintings, from which I often then develop larger works in the studio. I enjoy using the physicality and expressiveness of the materials - usually ink, acrylic paint or watercolour - to attempt to describe in visual language those strange or beautiful moments which always seem to elude capture in the written word.
My paintings often focus on nature and the way people connect with the natural environment in our modern world, especially those of us living in cities and towns. I wonder how important the environment will become for all of us, and how it may affect our future lives.
I am inspired by contemporary figurative artists such as Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas and Chantalle Joffe, but also by the Scottish tradition of painting including artists such as William Gillies and the Scottish Colourists, especially Cadell for his bold use of colour.
I originally studied physics at University and worked as a patent attorney for over ten years before deciding to focus on my lifelong interest in making art. I completed a BA degree in Combined Studies (Art & Design) at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, in 2016 and am now a practising artist based in Edinburgh.
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