This is 'Randolph's Leap', 10 1/2 x 8 1/4". You will already be aware that I love painting in the great outdoors, and this was great fun! The River Findhorn narrows here to just a few metres wide before entering a beautiful gorge. The water level was pretty low in the middle of Summer when I did the painting, from the far rocky shore. For the story of how the place got its name, go to the page here. It's an area of lots and lots of trees, scrub bushes and rocks - quite a challenge. I have simpified the scene hugely to produce this painting, and I think it looks all the better for it. It is a really atmospheric scene, and a shame its name comes from such a violent and warlike event. Four men thought they'd jumped to freedom across these rocks in medieval Scotland. They were wrong. After their jump, pursued by their enemies, they hid in a cave but were found and, predictably, put to the sword. Is the figure on the rocks real, or is it a ghost?
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.