It was an enjoyable week at the PITTENWEEM ARTS FESTIVAL in August. We had visitors from all over Scotland and although the weather was wet on occasions - torrential rain for a while on a couple of days - everyone seemed to enjoy the experience. For me it was invaluable to have feedback, ideas and enthusiasms from my many visitors, and as a first-time exhibitor at the festival, to learn how to make the best impact. 

The East Neuk of Fife is a great place to paint. The light and the clear air chase away those grey tones which sometimes hover over Scotland. It’s ideal for the many artists, who live and work there, giving a sense of community and lots of ideas. There’s time to stop, to watch, to listen. Daily life, and the changes which the modern world imposes on the landscape are fascinating and I try to capture the moments. I hear the stories of people and places. It's been a great inspiration for me to capture the colour and local landmarks. 

My paintings are about the people and places. Beyond Fife, around Scotland, to Orkney, to Ireland and to the Canadian Rockies - travels are a source of ideas. What happens in these remote landscapes, what man does to alter them is a constant theme. The 'social landscape' is increasingly a feature in my work; how we gather and celebrate, talk, sing, eat and even protest is endlessly interesting. Especially in these times.

I want every painting to tell some kind of story, about the past, the present or even the future. Some are based on tales told to me, or songs which have captured the spirit of the landscape, in some I hope the people tell their own tales.

Many of the stories are included on the website...

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