I am an artist & painter based in Glasgow UK. I work mainly in portraits within a natural or urban environment. My style could be described as painterly realism. Works are labelled Price On Application (POA) or Not For Sale (NFS).
Oil on canvas 61 x 61 cm NFS, This is a portrait for David who is a Staff Nurse on a respiratory ward in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. He took a selfie after a hard shift and the painting is based on that photo. Painted in lockdown.
Oil on canvas. 91 x91 cm POA This is my first lockdown painting. It's based on a photo I took many years ago at what is now North Kelvin Meadow. I wanted to get the atmosphere of both isolation and community.
Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in POA. This was painted from an original photo taken by Stewart Ennis on John's allotment at Julian Avenue. It is revisited as I was unhappy with the original painted and so retouched it three years later.
Oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm POA. When I took the photo on which the painting is based I was aiming to capture the promenading of the swans. Later I noticed how the fence cast a 'tartan shadow' on their plumage and set them off nicely.
Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in NFS. This painting translates asThe Garlanded Lady. The original by the Pre-Rapholite Brotherhood artist Rossetti. Their work drew inspiration from myths, legends, Shakespeare, Keats, and lovely long haired damsels that we now equate with Victorian beauty.
Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in POA. The original painting has alway been one of my favourites in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. It is Fergusson's friend the artist Bertha Case and captures a bold and dynamic woman.
Oil on canvass 90x 50 cm POA. In the original painting Leonardo used an experimental fresco technique on the refrectory wall in Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie situated Milan. A doorway was later added.The painting unfortunately started to deteriorate shortly after completion and has been retouched over the years. A full size copy made c. 1520, (some 20 odd years later) by Giampietrino (oil on canvas) was also used as reference.
In my view there are two women dipicted - to Jesus's right Mary his mother and second figure from the left as we view it, probably Mary Magdalene.
Diptych, oil on canvas 80 x 30 cm POA. Mick McManus was my favourite 1970s style professional wrestler. Somehow that style of wrestling allowed me to suspend disbelief and enjoy the theatrical spectacle. His bending (or sometimes breaking) of the rules allowed him to whip up the crowd to a frenzy. Particulary susceptible where women of a certain age who would sometimes attack him from the ringside. The right hand panel shows one of his trademark submission moves - the Boston Crab. (Begun just before lockdown).
Oil on canvas 150 x 100 cm POA. Winner of Paisley Art Institute William and Mary Armour Award 2019. This large painting is based on a photo I took in Carins Austrialia. These saltwater crocodiles are truly amazing creatures. They can live for 70 years, grow up to 6 metres, can go for 18 months without food and have been around for approximately 8 million years.
Oil on Board 50.5 x 37 cm. POA. The sitter has been identified with reasonable certainty as Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of Leonardo's employer, Ludovico Sforza. The ermine has may have a personal significance to Ludovico Sforza, as a personal emblem being appointed by Ferdinand I as a member of the Order of the Ermine. Alternatively, the ermine could be a pun on Cecilia's surname: The Ancient Greek term for ermine, or other weasel-like species of animals, is galê or galéē .
Oil on canvas 60 x 40 cm. NFS.
Pool with Two Figures after Hockney. Its a bit smaller than the origininally commissioned size of 1500 x 1000 cm - unfortunately Mum changed her mind about its eventual location and size after I got about half way through it. I hope to finish the larger one at Dennis' studio in after the restrictions.
It depicts a male figure in white trunks swimming breaststroke underwater, and the painter Peter Schlesinger, Hockney's former lover and muse, fully clothed and standing at the edge of the pool looking down at the swimmer. The painting is set in southern France, near Saint-Tropez. The original size is 3 x 2 m and sold for $90M .
This website shows my latest work. Most work is for sale (Price on Application, POA), just email me for a price and your location for shipping costs. You can also pick up a work or view if you live locally by appointment. Some work is not for sale (NFS) because it is in private collections but is included so that you get an idea of type of work I do. I am open to commissions for which a 10% deposit is payable in advance to cover materials.
I have always made artwork from childhood including my own 'Jackson Pollock’s' on the kitchen table (and halfway up the wall). I have tried many forms including figurative sculpture, ceramics and fused glass.