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Occasionally I get commissioned to do something outwith my familiar sphere of seascape/landscape painting, and I appreciate such challenges.  One such order was for the brown labrador dog study, a memento mori for a much-loved family pet.

Otherwise the commissioned works have followed a more "normal" pattern during the latter half of 2011 and into 2012, with fishing industry nostalgia behind the "Kildonan", "Stephens" and "Harvest Hope" paintings.  I was also asked to immortalise a client's fast pleasure cruiser, the "Njordr". 

Sold ex-stock, either online, from exhibitions or to visitors to my studio were the landscape oil paintings of Whiteness, FordyceStonehaven and Burravoe.  A similar fate befell the seascapes of MV "St. Rognvald", MV "St. Ninian", Danish full-riggers, schooner "Johann Smidt", the Aberdeen trawler "Paramount" and the Aberdeen trawler "Burwood" off Girdleness lighthouse. 

I recently added some new seascapes to the selection of oil paintings available to buy online from the Gallery Shop.  I hope you enjoy viewing all of these, and wish you happy browsing!



Greeting cards featuring my artwork are now on sale at the Gallery Shop. There are also 37 landscape and seascape images available as A3 or A4 giclee fine art prints.



The exhibition, entitled "The North Sea, the Mearns and Other Scenes" at the Creel Inn, Catterline, finished on 22nd January 2012.  Thanks to all who helped and attended.


Lerwick Harbour in the 1930s

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 A peaceful summer morning in Lerwick Harbour, with the herring fleet lying in port.  In late afternoon or early evening, this scene would change dramatically, as hundreds of steam and motor drifters would head out to sea to search for the herring shoals, leaving the harbour largely deserted.  The herring fishing was carried out overnight, any catches being landed again in the morning.  If the fishing was good, the harbour became a hive of industry, with gutters, coopers and fishermen struggling to land, gut, pack and store the day's catch.


This picture is 36 x 24 inches and was painted in oils on hardboard.

"Statsraad Lehmkuhl"

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This beautiful barque, registered in Bergen, Norway, is a frequent visitor to Lerwick, and she makes a fine sight as she sets sail south of Lerwick harbour.   Built in 1914, she is 84.7 metres long, and is a training vessel, operated by the Stiftelsen Seilskipet Statsraad Lehmkuhl.  She regularly takes part in European Tall Ships Races.

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