The Sound of many waters

The Sound of many waters

This is a collection of paintings mainly sourced from a recent stay in Mangersta, on the South West corner of Lewis. The title is taken from text from both the Old and New Testament; the book of Ezekiel and the book of Revelation*. Why? Firstly, because it fits the...
Lunation

Lunation

Sometimes, when we acquire something new (lawn mower, camera, stove), the desire is to use it immediately without reading the instructions. It’s only later that we find ourselves returning to the manual for more meaningful guidance. I think painting can be a bit like...

Despatches from remote places

I’m writing this from a lay-by in a forsaken area of the West Coast of Lewis. The wind is a monotone chant, the rain beats out an irregular rhythm, the light is background only, a faint descant. What on earth am I doing here? The writer Michel Faber once...

Extract from Catalogue, written by Michel Faber

Painting the volcanic crags and swirling seas of St Kilda is not a job for the easily discouraged. The archipelago, famously abandoned in 1930 by its inhabitants, is only accessible on days when gales don’t force the helicopter to cancel the sixty-mile flight over the...