During Oct 2019 I was filming around East Lothian and came across a regatta of swans at Yellowcraigs. I determined to come back in the spring and make some paintings but then lockdown happened. I created these landscapes referring to my video footage and luckliy I was also able to also study a bevy of swans at St Margaret’s Loch in Holyrood Park. I think
because I coudln’t get back to Yellowcraigs the colours became more intense in my mind’s eye.
Most of the paintings are of East Lothian beaches but I’ve also included The Achiltibuie Stone which was commissioned by Spirit of The Highlands; again made from video footage and completed at home. It is based on a short story I wrote and set in Achiltibuie in Ross-shire near where I grew up.