It begins with a verse. Arising spontaneously in a moment of joyous delight, words and rhythm take hold and for the next few minutes my mind is on little else. It’s then that I know I have my next painting. Born in Scotland, I now live in England with my cocker spaniel, and together we’re early risers and keen runners. Life in the countryside offers an abundance of things to appreciate in the vibrant palette of the land, the comical creatures inhabiting it, and the quirky, warm-hearted folk who live on it and from it. Inspiration is everywhere.