My latest painting, Lochindorb Morning. Lochindorb is a wild and beautiful place near Grantown on Spey in the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by rolling hills and moorland, my family and I have spent many happy days in this countryside and around the loch. Although not the primary focus of the painting, Lochindorb Castle features on an island in the middle of the loch. Amazingly, the island is actually manmade, providing a very effective defensive location! The castle's first mention in history was in the year 1300, when it was already well established and the stronghold of the Clan Comyn. It changed hands over the years and in 1455 it was the home of the Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray. That year, while opposing King James II with the other Black Douglases, as part of a civil war, he was killed at the Battle of Arkinholm in Southern Scotland. Rather gruesomely, his head was presented to the King! The battle was a significant step to the establishment of a strong Scottish monarchy in the Middle Ages. After the battle, Lochindorb Castle was destroyed on the orders of the Crown and it has been a ruin these last 558 years. This location, with Lochindorb Lodge in the right foreground, means a great deal to me and I'm pleased with this little painting. Cheers for now!
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.