I am a visual artist based in Banff, north Aberdeenshire, on the Moray Firth. I’m inspired by the land and sea around me and the rich history of the people who shaped this coast. Part of my own family comes from along this coast giving me a strong sense of belonging.
These days I make art, exhibit and work on art projects with other artists. I also create designs and artwork for commercial projects in retail, visitor centres, book illustration and for a variety of industrial applications. I used to run an art holiday centre and artist retreat, set up with my wife Carla. Running the Retreat was designed to give me the opportunity to get back to making art, which I had not done for many years.
Below is a brief CV.
Visual artist – Lino print, painting, drawing and pastel. Open to commercial projects. Since 2005 I’ve been exhibiting across the UK, won a couple of small but very welcome awards and appeared on BBC Countryfile with Helen Skelton showing my artwork and been invited to be artist in residence in Norway and Turkey. My work is in private and public collections across the world. I started lino printing in 2012.
2002 – 2016
Co-owner of The Creative Retreat, with Carla Angus, art holiday centre, artist retreat, self-catering accommodation in Gardenstown. We also ran community and private arts projects in the north Aberdeenshire area, receiving grants and funding from Creative Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and other arts and community organisations. During this time I was working on reviving my art practice.
1999 – 2002
Arts in the Community Officer, for Bristol City Council. I was responsible for managing developments in areas including arts in education, youth arts, arts in regeneration and disability arts. I also ran special projects for Bristol’s application to European City of Culture and events celebrating the Millennium.
1996 – 1999
Arts Centre Manager, The Old Library, Mansfield. Working for New Perspectives, I was responsible for developing and running a community engaged arts centre.
1992 – 1995
Administrative Director / Producer, Shiftwork Physical Theatre Company. With fellow artists, I ran the back-room of this theatre company in Aberdeen. Touring nationally and internationally.
1990 – 1992
Director of the community programme for Aberdeen Alternative Festival
1982 – 1992
In these years I enjoyed a lot of freelance arts work, significantly doing a lot of theatre design for companies based in Edinburgh.
Before that, I went to art college, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, where I specialised in painting.
Aberdeen loon, brought up mainly in Dyce.