I have sketched since I was old enough to pick up a pencil, but although I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of wild places, I didn’t really venture into the mountains until my mid-20s, when I began climbing. I quickly realised I had discovered my passion in life, and it took me to places I would never otherwise have visited.
Mountains have a ruthless beauty, which makes for an alluring visual narrative. Scotland’s mountain ranges also have distinctive personalities, due to variations in geology, climate, flora and fauna. I try to represent these characteristics in my artwork through texture, tone and colour, recalling the sharp, crystalline gneiss of the far north-west, the mellow tones and soft contours of Torridonian sandstone, or the corrugated, sparkling mica schist of the central Highlands.