About Me

William on location with thermal trousers, body warmer, thermal fingerless gloves, hat and wellies!

I live and work year-round in Ardvasar in the south of the Isle of Skye, looking out over the Sound of Sleat. It is the light and atmosphere over the Sound and the wonderfully enigmatic Knoydart peninsula opposite on the mainland that provide my inspiration. 
 Fundamentally, I love this small part of Scotland and love being able to paint here.

For my plein air studies, I work directly in front of the subject, in all weathers, times of day and year. I exhibit some of these works and also use them to inform larger paintings. There is a spiritual dimension to the places I paint and trying to capture that sense and feeling in my work is a challenge.

My work is freely painted, mostly with a painting knife.  I like working the paint with a knife to produce subtle blended affects as well as sharp edges and broken paint effects. 

I have listed my exhibition record on a separate page.  I have work in several significant collections of Scottish art but my best review came from Alfred Wainwright who bought a painting of Blaven in the 1970's - " It's a belter". It doesn't get any better than that!