This painting probably encapsulates everything I love about being an artist. It is a view of the River Spey, where it is crossed by the old Craigellachie Bridge. The 200 year-old bridge no longer carries motor traffic but it is still in excellent condition and a beautiful landmark. On the day I visited, the weather was cold and wet (the weather's forgotten it is supposed to be Summer here in the UK!) and very soggy underfoot. Although it isn't shown, the river is actually bending sharply to your left behind this viewpoint, so this view is very soggy indeed!
I'd been looking for inspiration because the grey skies were starting to sap my artistic morale, so I decided to make up my own weather! For me, painting is all about capturing the beauty of light, and I decided to create a strong sun behind the bridge and clear the skies of cloud. This is the result: 'Evening Light, Craigellachie', watercolour, 33 x 25 cm (13 x 10"). I have been able to play with nature and change Her mood, and present the scene as I want it. I could perhaps have changed the weather slightly with a photograph, but I could not have done this. That's what I love about painting - it's Summertime!
A professional artist living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. My work is realistic and quite traditional, though strongly interpretational in nature. My inspiration is the beauty of Nature, and the wonderful colours and moods she shows everywhere.