Did you know:
Many many years ago IZAL was a useful substitute for tracing paper used by little budding artists (me) in Scotland.
ALSO if you're curious about the BIRDS that often show up in my art...
It was my single ambition to be an artist.
... that plus trying to make my Dad laugh - a habit that often surfaces in my art today. So, after completing art school in Edinburgh I entered a career in graphic design and advertising. A couple of years later I left Scotland behind to land in Portland, Oregon - the launch point of an intense 12 year entrepreneurial adventure as co-founder/art director of three start-up businesses developing children's reading and creativity products.
All those years of hands-on, diversified, creative experiences are the essence of my art today. As a mixed media artist, my art is an profusely detailed, colorful fusion of drawing, painting, illustration, design, digital fine art, typography, photography, and assemblage.
Inspiration comes from something noticed sometime, someplace to be stored in my head till at some point it surfaces to be useable. A starting point can be tiny but will expand through twists and turns, igniting further thoughts and elements to become a chorus taking on real form and shape.
I work with all sorts of tools and often build my own frames - which are "rustic" due to basic tools, however they add unique appeal. The design and assembly is my brainchild.
I've been juried in to many wonderful art shows I know I'm fortunate to do what I love. There's huge joy in watching visitors enjoy my art. I love that!
Philosophy: art is absolutely subjective... and whatever draws your eye to my work is significant - whether you love it or not.
One Sees What One Sees!
Thanks for reading.