KITH, 2023, acrylic and pencil on cradled gesso board, 25.4 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm.

One of my lost in the forest series with a horned figure, or are they just wearing a hat with ears? Related to “Sometimes that holy feeling met me in the forest”. The trees are from a walk earlier this year in woodland in Murthly, near the Tay in Perthshire. There are several layers on this, it was not an easy one to resolve.

The edges are painted blue, and it doesn’t need a frame. FOR SALE via Artists Support Pledge, £220 plus shipping. Contact me via the link in the menu for more info.



Acrylic on canvas-covered board, 2023, 30 x 30 cm. Example frame only.

On Lucklaw hill in North Fife there is a lovely wilderness of mixed trees and heath, some of it almost seems like Old Caledonian forest with blaeberry and Scots pine. There are larch growing naturally and large birch trees. On the way down off the top there are several large beech and sycamore with divided trunks making shady bare places with multiple branches and deep canopy. Here you might meet a roe deer.

In my studio. These thin boards often get a slight dish and need a professional framer to make them flat.


Acrylic on canvas-covered board, 2023, 30 x 30 cm. Example frame only.

Painted in the slightly chilly studio on a late September afternoon, listening to the Naked Neanderthal by Ludovic Slimak – cannibalism – or was it? – 120 thousand years ago, sudden climate warming to warmer than today, temperate forests covering what had been chilly plains full of prey herds. Here’s our temperate forest with our hunter, in Scotland’s old oak woods at Kinclaven, not a cannibal though he does like red meat. Kernel, many-layered, from our walk at Kinclaven, Perthshire, in ancient woodland near the Tay.