Landscape Art

Contemporary landscape art based on outdoor observation.

An oil painting of the close harmonies observed at sunset - Sunset Study
Sunset Study         20x24ins.          Oil on Canvas


My work is either painted directly from nature or is developed later in the studio from outdoor observations captured in small oil paintings, pencil sketches and photographs – often from all three together recorded “live” on the spot.
The starting point is the same “outdoors” that we all see and experience.

When looking for a subject to paint, I do seek out interesting light, but apart from this I don’t search for much else other than a good composition….I don’t usually have to travel far to make a painting.


Sky Painting in oil, Sky Study in March
Sky Paintings
Waterfall at Reekie Linn, Angus, Scotland
Landscape paintings









Within landscape art it might be thought that “a subject is a subject” for an artist but I tend to differentiate between landscape paintings and sky paintings, mainly because the approach to painting them is so different.
One deals with the world of landscape, the stable, solid earth that we inhabit
The other deals with the mercurial world of the sky, huge expanses of complex light and cloud structure.


Galleries in this website –
Landscape Paintings – A selection of landscape paintings completed over the past few years with the emphasis on more recent landscape work.
Sky Paintings – A similar selection of paintings which take the sky as their main subject. A range of sky based work including sunrise and sunset paintings as well as cloud paintings
Tree paintings –  As trees are arguably the most impressive living things we see in the landscape, this gallery is for paintings that take trees as their main subject.
Sunrise and Sunrise paintings – The greatest sight on earth. This is a galllery of sunrise and sunset paintings.
Seascape paintings – Oil paintings featuring the seascape of the East Coast of Scotland and the sky above the sea.
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Tree Paintings - Old Oak tree at Normans Law
Tree Paintings
Outdoor oil painting of dawn on the 15 May
Sunrise and Sunset Paintings











Landscape painting of night sky at Broughty Ferry
Seascape Paintings
Painting the sunrise, Broughty Castle












“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” Ilona Andrews, Fate’s Edge

“If a little kid ever asks you just why the sky is blue, you look him or her right in the eye and say, “It’s because of quantum effects involving Rayleigh scattering combined with a lack of violet photon receptors in our retinae.” ― Philip Plait