Welcome to my website!

Hi -  I'm William and my wife Libby and I live on the Black Isle in the Highlands.

Lots more painting going on and I'm very bad at updating this website! At the moment  there is work at Torridon Gallery; Gallery 48 in Cromarty; at Crofter's Cafe, Rosemarkie. Most of these are landscapes which I've always loved. Recently there have been some healthy sales.

Portraits continue to be a big part but not so many since lockdown. Portrait-sketches are just beginning to pick up. These are very quick 10 minute 'portrait-sketches' done live at public events. 'Proper' portraits are a lot more considered, often involving hours in the studio. The challenge is for both a good likeness and also a special picture. If only more people could sit for portraits! But you have to be realistic, so a lot of work is done from photographs and it is amazing how well they can work.

The studio is close to our home in Fortrose 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. But you'll find a few slightly tongue-in-cheek clergy moments on the 'Churches' page.Retirement in 2010 has given more time for the painting but as every artist knows time is always a battle!

I am basically self-taught but come from a family of artists and we all encourage each other.  Over the years there have been lots of landscapes and portraits - some sold and some given away. 

Now as a member of the Art Society of Inverness and the Redcastle Art Group I value very much the teaching and encouragement from others.  Ideas and tips come from all sorts of study and courses. One of the earliest was six-months' life-drawing at the Academie Julian in Paris where I was  supposed to be learning French as well. I can't say I excelled at either!  But it was a privilege. I loved Paris and the wonderful galleries, particularly the Impressionists, have been an inspiration for life.

I have had a number of exhibitions and solo shows as well as requests along the way for a variety of art-work, articles and talks.

Libby and I are blessed with  three wonderful children and three grand-children. Life is not dull!

Just click on one of the 'galleries' above and enjoy a good browse!

William,  June 2023

Portrait-Sketching of Masai in Kenya
Portrait-Sketching of Masai in Kenya
A wonderful visit to a Masai village, Kenya with a chance to do charcoal portrait-sketches. V hot, v tiring but v worth it! See 'Portrait Sketches' page. Thanks to Crystal Wells - now Mather - for the photo.
Portrait of Crystal using FaceTime
Portrait of Crystal using FaceTime
A 'virtual' sitting of Crystal 5,000 miles away in Kenya for an 'actual' portrait in the UK - on-screen for four hours then lots of studio-work! Final portrait of Crystal is on the 'Portrait' page.
A bit chilly!
A bit chilly!
Plein-air work is a massive challenge and sometimes a bit chilly, as here above Alness, Highlands. Thanks to Jonathan Shearer for the photo! See 'Snow Images'' page for several snow-efforts.
In The Studio
In The Studio
OK - so there's no paint on the brush or palette, so this is a bit fake! But thanks to our daughter Hannah - being handy with a camera - this gives an idea of where a lot of the work goes on - and that's not fake at all!
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