‘Harbour Terrace’ and ‘Looking Landward’
My paintings are based on Port Seton Harbour. Although Fisherrow Harbour is just on my doorstep, this is a working harbour so far more interesting.
My wife and I often head there for a coffee or a lunch. It has loads of things that interest me; boats, I occasionally build them, and seaside railings. The railings remind me of my art college days in Brighton. The quirky architecture and unusual rooftops, especially the stepped roof ends that are so typically Scottish, are also found along the seafront.
Work from previous exhibitions
When I was in art college down in Brighton I had to complete a photography exercise taking a series of pictures with random exposure times. I remember taking a shot of a fellow student I only remember as Liverpool Paul on the roof of the halls of residence at Marine Parade Brighton. I remember climbing out the window and clambering over the rooftops in the dark. I wasn’t as brave as Paul who stood up next to all the chimney pots and balanced while I took the pictures. It certainly had an impact on me compounded by the fact that I had just read Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake which contains an atmospheric description of of the antihero clambering over the rooftops of the great stone castle. Years later I would work on a painting of Scottish Architecture and call it Gormenghast and that love of rooftops and skylines is where I’ve found inspiration for the work I’m now creating.
The last three pieces of artwork I’ve worked on have been in their own way my reaction to the political situation in the UK as I see it. Divide, Turmoil & Chaos. They sit in that order. You may associate them with many situations, independence, Brexit or even Internal party squabbles. The order they run in feels appropriate. Divide…. Turmoil……Chaos.
Where to next? That’s the question –