The Present

 

The mid 90's saw a move to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, a starkly beautiful island where the sea and the wind are a major part of life born by the quiet strength and forthrightness of the islanders. Here I learnt to sail, how to build and maintain a boat and finally how to live aboard for months at a time so that now, when I do a marine painting, I actually know how it feels to claw your way upwind against a foul tide in a force six.

Trooping home Scarista

During these times aboard ( for my paints and pad are always with me ) I began signing my pictures 'Vega' out of respect for the boat that carried me safely for hundreds of miles on my journeys.

In each painting I try to make an image that can evoke an experience, idea or emotion from your own life and memory for once they are finished they are no longer about me but how they allow your feeling and imagination free play.
You are the arbiters. The images will speak differently to each of you - and I will have failed as an artist if they require a written explanation in order to be enjoyed.