The majority of my commissions have been for local authorities, community organisations, schools, universities and hospitals. I regard each site as unique, each demanding an individual solution. I enjoy working in a broad variety of media, selecting the most appropriate techniques and materials for the project in hand. This results in work being carried out in a wide variety of media such as metal, mosaic, bronze, stone, wood, ceramic, painting, gateways, railings, paving and lighting.
I believe public art schemes are most successful when they relate closely to their users and environment.
My preferred design approach is an examination, through a contemporary prism, of the traditions, culture, history and future use of the location. I regard history as important. I believe it moulds our identity, giving reality and substance to our communities through a shared past. It is the glue that binds us together, and gives us our benchmarks in our relationships. Every city, town and village has its own unique history, which in turn gives it its particular character.
Through my artwork I seek to discover that unique identity and bring it to life in a modern way.
I have extensive experience of working with local authorities, architects, civil engineers, planners and contractors. I have an excellent track record of delivering projects on time and within the agreed budget. I am fully insured and registered for tax purposes.
My studio and workshops are based at my home in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.
Born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, I began my working life as an engineer with Rolls-Royce Ltd. before I enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art. Upon graduating I lectured for five years in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art until I was offered the post of Head of Public Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts, London), subsequently becoming Dean of the School of Design. I later resigned my post in order to pursue my preferred career as a professional artist and to date I have carried out over one hundred commissions throughout the UK, as well as having works in public and private collections in the UK, USA, Canadaand New Zealand.