Elected to RSW 1964

Artists Statement

In the winter before her fourth birthday, my daughter and I walked through fresh snow, sparkling in early morning light and she engaged me in a game of “ trying to catch the glory stuff “. I then learned that she meant the starburst light reflecting off the snow crystals. I had rationalised but she was involved.
Again, all of us have been entranced by stones on a beach and have taken some home only to find that these self same stones are inexplicably different. The magic is no longer there. For reasons like these my work is developed directly on the spot no matter what discomfort this may entail. I am privileged in my metier in that it involves trying to touch a deep pulse and I hope I am always open and trying to catch the glory stuff, infinitely varied and delightfully elusive.


Studied at Glasgow School of Art where I was awarded the Robert Hart Prize. Post diploma, Haldane Scholarship. Also won Chalmers Prize, Carnegie Travelling Scholarship and Maclaine Watters Medal (all RSA). Studied in Greece and Italy before crossing Sahara and working in West Africa.On return to UK invited to teach in painting school at GSA.
1968 - Awarded major Arts Council Award
1969 - Established own painting school, which later relocated to France.
1972 - Presented art series on STV
1973 - Designed Embers for Scottish Ballet
1977 - Elected Chairman, Glasgow in 1977
1989 - Elected RGI
1999 - Elected FRSA
1991 - Artist in Residence, Dinan, France
2007 - Elected ARWS
2008 - Artist in Residence, Collioure
2007 - Five works used by La Poste to promote Val d’Oise ( France )
Portrait of the Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti.


Cargill Award, RGI
Prizewinning Exhibitor, 2nd British Drawing Biennale
Carnegie Travelling Scholarship, RSA
Maclaine Watters Medal, RSA
Chalmers Prize, RSA (as student)
Gold Medal, ROI
Vivis Award, RBA
Scott Moore Prize, RWS
Solsgirth Prize
Lauder Award
Arnold Clark Award

Selected Exhibitions

Gallery Holly Snapp, Venice
Everard Read, Johannesburg
Portland Gallery, London
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

4 Scottish Artists, New York
European Painting, Tokyo and Kawasaki
International Watercolour, Bilbao
Centre D'Art Contemporaine, Paris
Scottish Painting, Hong Kong

Public Collections

National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Scottish Arts Council
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie
City Collection of Dinan, France
Essex County Council
Glasgow University
Leicester University
Strathclyde University
Argyll County Council
Tayside Regional Council
Dunbartonshire District Council
Robert Fleming Holdings
Royal Bank of Scotland
Bank of Scotland
Clydesdale Bank
Prudential Plc
London Stock Exchange
De Beers, Luxembourg
De Beers, South Africa
Scottish Television
Mason Owen & Partners
Dunedin Trust Management
Trustee Savings Bank
Dunfermline Building Society
Arthur Andersen & Co
United Distillers
Argyll Group
Teachers Whisky
Oban Distillery
Dutch Waterboard, Holland
Edrington Group
Scottish Friendly Society
Clan Donald Centre
Dunbartonshire Educational Trust
Edinburgh City Collection

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