I have lived in Scotland for almost forty years, and when I first moved here I was given my first box of pastels which encouraged me to experiment with this medium. For thirty-six years I have taught art to adults and this has given me the opportunity to teach and encourage others to experience the use of pastel in all its forms. Because of this my passion for painting with pastels began and I realised when using this medium that I could create so much atmosphere, light and depth of shadow. My desire to paint the sea was heightened by observing the vast power and sweep of the waves on the North West coast of Scotland, and for me to do this pastel was the obvious medium. This enables me to make the sea move, showing all its moods, its wildness, its beauty and its wonderful calmness. Pastels help me to create all these elements, not only in seascapes but also in my landscapes and skyscapes.
Flaming Sky over Farmland, pastel, 67 x 47 cm
Dramatic Sky over Farmland, pastel, 67 x 47 cm
Light after Storm, pastel, 67 x 47 cm
Crest of a Wave, pastel
Home at Sunset, pastel, 77 x38 cm
At Rest, pastel
Tumbling Water at Glencoe, pastel, 67 x 47 cm