In his own words: I was schooled in Fife then studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. While there I won the John Kinross Scholarship, from the Royal Scottish Academy, which allowed me to study in Florence, and the Richard Ford Award, from the Royal Academy in London, to study the works in the Prado, Madrid.
Early influences include the collection of Scottish Colourists and post war expressionist paintings found in my home town of Kirkcaldy's Museum. As a student I travelled by bicycle to see collections in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Paris and London.
Post graduation, I won an Andrew Grant Scholarship which introduced me first hand to American art. Wyeth, Pollock, Lichtenstein and Warhol.
In 1989 I won the inaugural British Airways Most Promising Artist Award. This award allowed me to travel and exhibit worldwide for the first time. These experiences have largely influenced what and how I have painted ever since.
I'm a serial cabin, folly and woodpile builder. I've restored an Orcadian croft, Edinburgh New Town apartments and Victorian conservatories, I've also rebuilt a vintage car and tractor. In 2011 I rode my bicycle 4300 miles across America.
1998 Portland Gallery, London
1996 Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
1993 Portland Gallery, London
1993 Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
1991 Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
1990 Eva Cohen Gallery, Chicago, USA
1990 Eva Cohon Gallery, Highland Park, Illinois USA
1989 Lineart, Sophie Van Moerkerke Gallery, Ghent, Belgium
1989 De Keignaert, Oudenburg, Belgium
1988 Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1988 Homage to Velasquez, Scottish Artists, Edinburgh
1987 Richard Ford Award Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art
1987 Two John Kinross Scholars, Scottish Artists, with Valerie Anderson
Selected Group Exhibitions
Astrup Fearnley Museum of MOdern Art, Oslo. Inaugural Exhibition with Anselm Kiefer, Marcus Lupertz, Malcolm Morley, Jorg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, R.B. Kitaj, John Bellany and John Walker.
Ten Decades, Edinburgh College of Art Centenary Exhibition, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
History of Scottish Landscape, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
20 Years of Orkney Art, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
Contemporary Scottish Art, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
20th Century and Contemporary Scottish Painting, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
Scottish Artists in Spain, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
Contemporary Scottish Painting, The City Gallery, London
The Edinburgh School, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
150th Anniversary Exhibition, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
The Decade Ahead, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
Germinations IV, La Vielle Charite a Marseilles, France; De Beyerd, Breda, Netherlands; Royal College of Art, London; Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany
Works on Paper, Edinburgh College of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, San Francisco.
I exhibit regularly with the Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh; Thompson's Gallery, London; Panter & Hall, London; Stafford Gallery, London, Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh