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Artist and Art & Design Lecturer teaching in Scottish colleges for over 25 years.
I create multi-layered mixed media portraits. I'm inspired by Music, Film, Sport, Iconography
and Graphic Novels, and influenced by the Pop Art masters.

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I exhibit some of my smaller pieces at Subversion Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. www.subversiongallery.co.uk/

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ABOUT ME

An Artist and Art, Design & Illustration Lecturer teaching in Scottish colleges for over 25 years. I create multi-layered, mixed media portraits telling the story of the persons life. I'm inspired by Music, Film, Sport, Iconography and Graphic Novels, and heavily influenced by the Pop Art masters.

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BIOGRAPHY

While teaching Art, Design and Illustration in Scottish Further Education colleges for over 25 years I experimented with a wide variety of different drawing, painting and illustration techniques, to produce many portrait commissions for private clients, family and friends. I started really experimenting with the layering of my work and the inclusion of collage and photo montage several years ago as I wanted my art works to be more than just ‘simple portraits’. I wanted each piece I created to really tell the story of the person’s life, and be as different from other artists work as possible. Most of my new portraits are created at quite a large scale and take many hours to complete as every single image in my complex and colourful background collages is cut out and pieced together by hand, making each piece completely unique. I also get each layer of my portraits professionally photographed, so that there are several different print versions for each piece of work. In my work I use pencil, colour pencil, fine-line pen, graphic marker, acrylic and gouache paint, materials & fabrics, inks and cut and layered paper. I am inspired by music, movies, sports, advertising, iconography, graphic novels & comic books, and heavily influenced by the Pop Art masters.

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I experiment with a wide variety of different drawing, painting and illustration techniques, and always try out something new in each portrait that I create. I really enjoy layering my work and using collage and photo montage, and always include traditional drawing and illustration elements in every art work that I produce. I sometimes draw straight on to clear plastic sheets using permanent fine-line pens, graphic markers and craft knives. I also sometimes layer a portrait together in several parts and apply the paper on to the plastic, which will then sit an inch, or two above the background collage, on a foam board mount surrounding the background collage. I take many hours/days/months to complete a portrait, depending on the scale of each one, as every single image in my complex and colourful background collages is cut out and pieced together by hand, making each piece of art work completely unique. In my work I use pencil, colour pencil, fine-line pen, graphic marker, acrylic and gouache paint, inks and cut and layered paper.

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