This Oil Painting on Canvas was done as a Portrait Commission for the subject’s 70th Birthday in 2017. It was commissioned as a surprise by his brother and was very bravely unveiled at Ian’s 70th Birthday Party in front of many of his friends before he had seen it! I feel very honoured to have been a part of this special celebration. I completed this Portrait from September to November 2016 working from photographic references. I really enjoyed painting this Portrait and I find that changing my subjects and mediums helps to improve my understanding and ability with different materials and techniques. I am very happy with the outcome of this portrait and tried to use new techniques and glaze mediums on it.
This is an Oil painting of my wife Fiona in Thailand that I started many years ago and never finished until recently. It was done from photos taken on a day trip to a beautiful national park on a great day out, that also inspired many other pieces. I think I never finished it because we moved house as I was painting it, then I started to use Acrylic Paints more and so it got left to one side. It was always my intention to complete it and recently I got an Oil Portrait commission that gave me the perfect opportunity to work with Oils again and the push I needed to finish this piece.
This is one of a series of Ink and Acrylic drawings that I did on a recent trip around the U.K. This is a drawing of Spud the Bagpipe player as he was doing his nightly 8 p.m. show outside the Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore, Scotland. He would stand almost below our room’s window and play for around 30 minutes. It was a very special experience to draw him as he played and it added a really traditional feeling to an already amazing area of the world. I tried to first sketch him in ink and add colour using thinned down Acrylic paint as he played.
This was the first time I’ve ever seen two people playing one guitar together, they held it upright like a double-bass as they both plucked away. It made for some interesting music! This is an example of how this group of young Germans really liked to experiment with sounds and effects with many sick outcomes.