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I am an ex scientist/European Civil Servant who is learning to paint in retirement. With my paintings I am aiming to communicate something which has impressed me. As the paintings are accumulating in storage they are not communicating anything to anyone (!), hence the motivation for these web pages.

In the case of “Mountains” it is simply the spectacular or dramatic mountain scenery encountered on excursions in the Alps and further afield that have provided the impetus to paint. With “People” we are trying to capture some aspect of the character of the individual or group, or the feeling of the situation they are found in, while “Reflections” is mostly about the specular reflection of light on water, snow, ice, pavements and other reflecting surfaces.

The paintings are developed mostly from my own photographs, but in some cases from photos by friends and others which have impressed me enough to want to paint them – in these cases thanks and acknowledgements are included in the next section.

Info. and Acknowledgements

I am very grateful to my friends and fellow painters in Merkinch Painting Group of the Art Society of Inverness for their helpful comments and encouragement and especially to Jonathon Shearer for his patient coaching. See:



I have also greatly enjoyed following some of the video courses from the Will Kemp Art School at: http://willkempartschool.com

Out of many “how to” books consulted I have found “Free Expression in Acrylics” and “Capturing Light in Acrylics”, both by John Hammond, to be especially helpful.

As Claude Monet said – “No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition” – that pretty well rules me out then, but I’m working on it.

Gateway to Kanchenjunga

View from Pangpema, one of the base camps for Kanchenjunga, arrived at on a trek with the Yorkshire Ramblers Mountaineering Club. Acrylic on canvas. 80 x 60cm

Blackwater River

Following an enjoyable day sketching by the Blackwater River, along a super stretch of about 1 mile between Little Garve and Silverbridge.

Little Garve Bridge – Acrylic on canvas. 51.5 x41 cm

Silverbridge – Acrylic on cartridge paper. 49 x 39 cm

Blackwater Pools 1– Acrylic on cartridge paper. 45 x 36 cm

Blackwater Pools 2 – Acrylic on cartridge paper. 46 x30 cm

Monty in Venice

Acrylic 61 x61cm Framed

Balgy Falls

Acrylic 57 x 45 cm Framed


Acrylic 43 x 53 cm Framed

Goms Church

Acrylic 25 x 20cm Deep Box Canvas

Valais Church

Acrylic 25 x 20 cm Deep Box Canvas

Cafe Scene

Acrylic 51.5 x 41.5 cm Framed


From an original photo by Carole Macintyre. Acrylic 47.5 x 51 cm Framed

Winter Fuel

Acrylic 48 x 38 cm Framed

Adler Pass

Looking towards the Adler Pass from the slopes above Zermatt. Acrylic 64 x 54 cm Framed

Freedom of the Hills

Acrylic 50 x 33.5 cm Unframed.

Still Life with Malt and Still Life with Cognac

Both acrylic. 46x36cm. Still Life with Malt: Sold. Still Life with Cognac: reserved for charity auction. Sold.

Peace on the Beach

Acrylic, 48x30cm

Venice Steps

From an original photo by Phil Brown. Acrylic on watercolour paper. 30x24cm

Rogie Falls

Mixed media. 50x50cm.

Canal Reflections

Caledonian Canal approaching Dochgarroch. Acrylic. 61x40cm.

Crossing the Bridge

During a YRC Trek to the basecamps of Kanchenjunga. The mountain behind is Jannu. Acrylic. 45x30cm.

Ness Reflections

Looking towards the far end of Loch Ness from Dores. Reconditioned frame in Antique Gold. Acrylic. 42x30cm. Sold.

Stalkers Return

Adapted from a photo taken while walking on the Cape Wrath Trail with John Sutcliffe. Acrylic. 60x42cm

Stalkers Return in the Evening

As they say “Painters can move mountains” – in this case Suilven was moved into the picture. Acrylic. 51x32cm

Dolpo Rider

Rider seen crossing a river near Lake Phoksumdo in the Dolpo region of Nepal. YRC trek 2016. Acrylic. 40.3x51cm

Healthy Diet

No Comment ! Acrylic, 50x50cm,

Blackrock Cottage

Thanks to Karin Rodger for permission to use her original photo which was found on the BBC website. Acrylic. Approx. 42 x 32cm. Sold.

Night Falls Over the Ness

Acrylic. 50 x 40cm. Sold.

Sunset by Suilven

A view from Elphin during an enjoyable meet of the Yorkshire Ramblers Mountaineering Club in May 2019. Acrylic. 40 x 30cm. Reserved for CPC.

Dolomites 1

“Dolomites 1” is loosely based on a photo taken in the Brenta Group. Thanks to Geoff and John Cram for many enjoyable days together in the Dolomites.


Looks towards Gardeccia and the Catinaccio from above Vigo in the Val di Fassa. Oil, 40 x 30cm.

Approaching the Pass

“Approaching the Pass”, “Nepal Girl”, “Nomad Greeting” and “Nepal Harvest” were all based on pictures taken on a trek with the Yorkshire Ramblers Club to the Dolpo Region of Nepal in 2016. Thanks to the leader Mick Borroff for permission to use his photo of the girl.

“Approaching the Pass” Acrylic, 44 x 34cm.

“Nepal Girl” Acrylic, (sold)

“Nomad Greeting” Acrylic, 44 x 54cm. Reserved.

“Nepal Harvest” Acrylic, 46 X 36cm

Bivvy Spot Greenland ’67

From a photo taken while climbing an unclimbed mountain on the Imperial College East Greenland Expedition of 1967. The bivvy spot was actually about 200ft lower down but the ambience was much the same! Acrylic, 34 x 42cm. Reserved.

Engadine Sunset

Painted using an image from the Swiss webcam at:


Acrylic, 60 x 30cm. Reserved for charity auction. Sold. Smaller, half size, version available.

Dolomite Cloud

This is based on a clip from a distant photo of the cloud covered Dolomites near Selva, Val Gardena. Acrylic, 32 x 42cm.

Wham Bam Ama Dablam

This was inspired by a clip from a photo by Marko Prezelj published in “Beyond the Mountain” by Steve House, Vertebrate Publishing, 2010. Acrylic, 50 x 41 cm. Sold.

Unlikely Trio

“Unlikely Trio” made use of the cover photo from “Perk’s Book”, Perks Publications, 2004, and shows George Perfect, the gamekeeper, looking after two pet foxes. Acrylic, 45 x 60cm. Reserved for CPC.

John Byrne

This made use of a photo published in the Inverness Courier. Oil. Sold.

In the Vineyard

This made use of a photo in “World Atlas of Wine” by Hugh Johnson, Chancellor Press, 2002. The workers have been moved closer together to strengthen the impression of them grappling with the vine cuttings. Acrylic, 46 x 36cm. Reserved for charity auction. Sold.

In the Bothy and In The Bothy 2

These came about as a result of joining John Sutcliffe on the final six days of his long walk from Cape Cornwall to Cape Wrath, so thanks to John for getting me on board. See: www.johnsutcliffe.net The bothy is the one at Strathcalleach near Sandwood Bay. Oil. Sold.

Ness Reflections

This is a view looking west along Loch Ness from Dores. Oil, 40 x 30cm. Reserved.

Last Passage

This is a fantasy making use of well known elements from Venice and a photo from Phil Brown. It is supposed to depict the passengers being safely ferried by the gondoliers on their last journey towards the golden doored cathedral. Acrylic, 55 x 45cm.

Aix by Night

This was inspired by a warm summers evening spent in Aix en Provence in the hospitality of Roland Zeyen. Acrylic, 40 x 30 cm. Sold.

Venice Reflections

This was composed using several images found by searching for “Venice Sunset”, but as the view looks east along the Grand Canal I guess it is more correctly described as a sunrise. Sold.


When setting up this web page I was initially inclined to miss out the contact section, but then I heard someone say on the radio that “artists should interact with society and not just create a shrine to themselves”, so let’s see how it goes….

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