The subject of this painting is my partner Alma. She is an avid reader and loves colourful patterns. I painted her in the library at her family home in Lübeck, Germany. The strong horizontal and vertical elements of the bookcase and decor provide an interesting framework to hold the figure. As if arranging a stage set, I painted the background first and then introduced the figure.
I was born in Aberdeen and studied at Gray’s School of Art, the Royal Drawing School in London and Cambridge School of Art.
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