Limited edition prints, as well as cards, coasters and mugs, of my work are available on Etsy. They’re also on sale in the Loft Cafe in Haddington, Number Four Gallery at St Abbs Head, the Bass Rock Gallery in Dunbar and the Stick Factory in the south side of Edinburgh. You can also get in touch with me if you’d like to buy one, or have a request.
Tantallon Castle, a semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress near North Berwick is one of my favourite local castles – great for views and a sense of drama. Built by the Douglas family, they managed to keep it in the family for generations in spite of relentless sieges (James IV and James V both had a go). Naturally, I snuck the Bass Rock in – any excuse – and this time round I’ve included a shag who, given the angle, must be at Sea Cliff. The whole picture is drawn with straight lines – I loved the challenge (51 x 28cm mounted).
Traprain Law in Golden Light, 77cm x 56cm mounted.
The Bass Rock, a mile off the coast at Tantallon Castle, is home to more than 150,000 Gannets and is the largest single rock gannetry in the world. The scientific name for the Northern Gannet, Sula Bassana, honours the Bass and the gannets show their appreciation by painting the top white. The lower ledges of the rock are used by guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, puffins and gulls, not to mention seals. Currently uninhabited, the rock’s history includes being settled by an early Christian hermit, hosting an fortress which became a prison for Covenanters, and the construction of a lighthouse in 1902 (80 x 40cm mounted).
The beach at Tyninghame is one of my favourites, with the long span of Ravensheugh sands (and its famous log cabin built in 1960 by the 12th Earl of Haddington) and the rocks and woods all around. And, of course, the view of the Bass Rock
(51 x 28cm or 80 x 40cm mounted).
Winter Run, 30cm mounted | Autumn Trees, 30cm mounted.
Stormy May Isle, 30cm mounted | Ram in the Lammermuirs, 50cm mounted
North Berwick Law and Fox in Snow, 20 or 50cm mounted | Tyninghame Beach, 20cm or 50cm mounted.
Herring Gull in Portobello, 20 or 50cm mounted | Tantallon Castle and Gannet, 50cm mounted
Bell Rock Lighthouse, built by Robert Stevenson between 1807 and 1811, is the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse. 11 miles off the coast of Arbroath in the North Sea, the rock was famous for shipwrecks, being hidden below the surface of the sea for all but a few low tide hours. Construction was so challenging that it featured in a BBC documentary as one of the seven industrial wonders of the world. The lighthouse has been automated since 1988 (51 x 28cm mounted).
This glorious beach is part of the park named after John Muir, explorer and naturalist, who was born in Dunbar in 1838. He moved to the States as a child and is generally claimed by them – being dubbed America’s founder of National Parks. He’s ours though
(51 x 28cm mounted).