This is me putting some sort of closure on Carbeth
“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