‘Highland Boy’ is painted using oil on canvas. It is medium sized and painted onto an artist’s quality stretcher. The colour of the paint is rich and bright. In some parts the paint is very visibly thick and impasto. All over the canvas the artist’s brushstrokes and palette knife work are clearly visible. The painting is framed in a high quality, hand-made frame made to fit by Artist Surfaces in Anniesland, Glasgow.
Since art school I have been rather obsessed with a singular Scottish tradition in art and how it fits with the other European countries. It might be that there is Northern European angst (maybe from living in cold dark country) but also a celebration of colour shared with the other Gaels of France. In this work I was exploring these ideas while trying to bring forth from my imagination a child from this imaginary Scotland. I always try to imbue my paintings with feeling and humanity in the faces of the people and in the way I express myself in working and scraping and brushing the paint.