In 1986 as a student of Art History at the University of St Andrews in my native Scotland, I studied the work of Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and the “gesture painters” and “colour field” artists like Joan Miro and Hans Hofmann and my photography is very much influenced by this period of learning. In 1995 I went to the Glasgow School of Art as an evening student and for three years studied the art of black and white photography. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of pushing photography, an inherently representational art form, towards the abstract, I try, whenever I can to turn the familiar into something unexpected. I took a while to move from film to digital but now I have I am discovering that the developing processes I like best are a continuation of the ones I learnt in the darkroom at the School of Art. As my photography evolves and improves I continue to learn from the greats, both photographers and artists, of the past."
I photograph, edit, print and mount all my own work. I have also started experimenting with video, combining both sound and vision, still and moving images in short film.
My aim as a photographer is to be inspired by my locations, to interpret and filter the image through very simple editing and ultimately to create an image that catches the viewer and resonates with them.