Ian spent several years painting landscapes in Scotland in the 1980s, although he has had no formal training as an artist. He was based at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, where he shared a studio with two other artists. He exhibited his pictures in Peebles, Jedburgh, Galashiels and Edinburgh, including a solo exhibition during the Edinburgh Festival. All of his work at that time was in pastels.
He then moved to Suffolk and spent 20-odd years working in IT and raising a family, only painting intermittently. He retired in 2008, which meant more time to concentrate on painting, and to branch out into sculpture. His paintings are now mainly in acrylics.
Although the Suffolk landscape isn’t as dramatic as Scottish mountains, the beautiful river estuaries, sandlings, woods, seashore and wide open skies of coastal Suffolk have an inspirational quality all of their own, which Ian tries to capture in his paintings. Most of his paintings are of the Deben Estuary and the surrounding areas.
In 2015 one of my paintings, entitled ‘Sugarbeet’, was accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
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