I am a Scottish artist originally from Helensburgh now based in the historic village of Elderslie. From 2011 to 2015 i studied towards and achieved my BA Honours from Glasgow Kelvin College in association with Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in Dundee. From an early age I have had elements of realism in my work and I have utilized this into the practice I have today. This practice developed from drawing images I had collected from magazines and newspapers onto larger scale oil paintings of family and colleagues as a response to my increasing knowledge and experience. I am a portrait artist at heart and while much of my work consists of photo realistic detail I try to avoid traditional processes by using tightly cropped compositions or limiting the realistic elements to desired focal points surrounded by a much more loose style. Black and white art and imagery are a running theme in my work as I feel the contrast presents a certain enhanced reality. My current pieces involve the use of oil paint having just discovered a love of painting itself in the last year and a half and I continue to experiment with oil on a full time basis. Working on aluminium I am focusing on the reproduction of realities, how light interacts with translucent objects and the contrasts that play out in my finished pieces. I work from my own photographs as I believe that this gives, at least in my own eyes, a sense of ownership and originality that I wouldn't get having used second hand material.