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Western Isles

These images are inspired by the scenery of the Western Isles of Scotland, especially Mull, the abode of eagles and salmon, of intermingling mountains and lochs – and the most extraordinary light.

At least since Columba landed on Iona in the sixth century, these islands have been a spiritual retreat, where people have their soul restored and meet with God.

"I wanted my work to capture something of this mystery, to bring it home and to share it with the viewer.These pastels and oils are attempts to explore the relationship between the land, the sea and the sky, in which each seems to share its colour with the others. The oils are on rough linen, are sketchy and extend beyond the face of the canvas. By this, I am hoping to convey the roughness of the land, the transience of scenes that shift with the ever-changing weather and light, and the impossibility of containing the landscape on a simple canvas."


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  after light at ulva ferry
light remaining  bright sunset atlantic sunset 

loch na keal shoreline 

 sepia light at ulva

view to coll 

autumn sunset

lyns purple light

 perfect sky 

 silent water

clouds enclosing 


 castle stalker

bronze light