This is me putting some sort of clo­sure on Carbeth

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“I just felt I wanted to draw and paint round about Carbeth, and par­tic­u­larly the Camp­sies – I’ve al­ways loved Dum­goyne”, he says from his home in the fish­ing vil­lage of Tay­val­lich, in Knap­dale, Lochgilp­head. The large glass and steel stu­dio in which he works is 20 years old this year.

“I had a bike and cy­cled all round the area, as far as Dry­men and then Gar­tocharn. I painted and drew there, and I did a huge port­fo­lio of work over sev­eral months.

“Var­i­ous fa­mous artists and pro­fes­sors came up from Lon­don to dis­cuss my work and they said it was ex­cel­lent and that I would go places as a painter. They are al­ways very crit­i­cal of my work so I didn’t be­lieve them, but at the end of the day they were right.

“But the thing I didn’t do was to fin­ish paint­ings. There were lots of pastels, lots of draw­ings, but I didn’t re­ally do a fin­ished paint­ing. So this is me putting some sort of clo­sure on Carbeth, in a way.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to paint Carbeth, but the huts are dif­fi­cult to paint”. Re­ally?

He ex­plains: “Aye – you do it but

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