Welcome to my website!
Hi - I'm William and I live and paint in the Highlands, working mainly in oils.
I love working outdoors in watercolours and oils painting 'plein air' in all weathers.
Recently the 2020 'self-isolation' caused by Covid 19 has resulted in a lot more studio-work, including portraits.
The studio is close to our home in Fortrose, near Inverness, Scotland and is base-camp for working in oils, pastel, charcoal, pen-and-watercolour.
This website reflects a diversity, from Landscapes and Portraits, to ‘Portrait Sketches’, Africa images, Church images and Abstracts. The images also cover a variety of different years!
I have always loved painting even though I have had careers in journalism and then in the Anglican Church - as a Vicar! Yes really! So there’s not been much time for anything else. Retirement in 2010 has given more time for the painting.
I am basically self-taught but come from a family of artists and we all encourage each other. At the last count I have done 106 portraits and 1,176 ‘Portrait-Sketches’. So together with landscapes I have sold approximately 371 paintings and given away about 108. Of these 68 have been portraits - admittedly a lot of them to family!
As a member of the Art Society of Inverness and the Redcastle Art Group I value very much the teaching and encouragement from other artists. I try and pick up ideas and tips from all sorts of art courses. One of the earliest of was six-months' life-drawing at the Academie Julian in Paris where I was also supposed to be learning French. I can't say I excelled at either! But I loved Paris and the wonderful galleries were a fabulous inspiration.
I have had work shown in about 30 exhibitions and also had eight solo shows – of varying success! Along the way there have been requests for a number of book-covers, illustrations, articles, lectures, seminars and workshops.
My wife, Libby and I have three wonderful grown-up children all doing interesting things in different areas of interest.
Just click on one of the 'galleries' above and enjoy a good browse!
William, March 2021