From Source to Sea
I would like to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.
John O’Donohue, Irish philosopher and former monk
Water takes on many forms, as it tumbles its way from mountain top to ocean. Assynt, the region of North West Scotland where I live, is veined with peaty burns and puddled by hundreds of fish-filled lochs. And where the land meets the sea, the pattern of rock and pool is intricate as lace.
There is a great deal of life to be found at the edge of the land. Here, the birds paddle and parade, picking their way through the flotsam and jetsam cast ashore by each high tide. I find that I have no awareness of time when looking out to sea, but become hypnotised by the rhythmic movement of the waves and by the elusive nature of the horizon.
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The following works were part of an exhibition held at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, during the autumn of 2016. I shared the space, and the theme, with Glasgow-based mural artist and illustrator Chelsea Frew.
Goose Barnacles 120cm x 110cm
Urchin I (detail) 110cm x 110cm
Urchin II (detail) 105cm x 95cm
Cast 55cm x 150 cm
The Pull of the Sea 105cm x 120cm
Stacs I, II and III (Tryptich) Each panel approx 55cm x 145 cm
Sea Garden 65cm x 135cm The Blue Boat 55cm x 140 cm
Ebb 110cm x 105 cm
Star 125cm x 110cm
Husk 65cm x 135cm
Moon Jelly I 47cm x 150cm Moon Jelly II 50cm x 150cm
Kelp 55cm x 155cm