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From the series 'The Sound of Raasay'
The body of work is the result of numerous visits to the Isle of Skye. My fascination with the Island started the Sound of Raasay some 23 years ago when I first moved to Scotland. It was the same year the Skye Bridge was opened. For some, the bridge was a controversial scheme but, nevertheless, it offered ease of access to the Island and meant that, on my first tentative trip exploring the West Coast of Scotland, it was relatively easy to make an unplanned extension to my journey. For the first time, I experienced the rugged, dramatic and varied landscape of this unique Island and regular trips have occurred year on year allowing me to further explore that particular wilderness. Although there are several areas of the Island that I regularly visit, I always make sure that on every trip I visit the Eastern side and in particular drive the coast road north of Portree and beyond the Storr. It’s from here that you travel up the length of the Sound, with views of the Islands of Raasay and Rona, beyond which are the mountain ranges of Torridon and the mainland. Looking south whilst undertaking this journey also provides spectacular views of the Red Cuillin. With the variety of potential subjects or compositions that this landscape provides and the endless possible vantage points to view the Sound, I knew this relatively small area of the highlands would provide me with more than enough inspiration to make an entire exhibition.The Artist