Born in Glasgow, Scotland and brought up in Canada, my father was a paratrooper drill sargeant and my Mum a secret agent that worked for MI 5 during WWII. Growing up was interesting.
I started drawing at the age of 13 and apprenticed with British Oil Painter Peter Corbet in my thirties. In 2005 after a hiatus of 15 years I started painting again. The circumstances were unusual. As in the movie “Work, Pray, Love”, I had abandoned a 6 figure salary to join an Ashram to deal with my issues and evolve my spirituality. While there I learned a new way of painting - not to use my mind, not to have the vaguest idea what I was doing and simply paint with emotion and spirit.
What was unusual about this was the fact that the phenomenon of spontaneous apparition began to occur in about 90% of my paintings. After an hour of yoga and an hour of meditation, I would create a completely abstract painting using techniques no one had yet discovered.
The result was a vibrant flow of colour and energy rich with texture. Meditating on these paintings brought about the realisation that images were spontaneously appearing in faint gradations of colour that took very little input from me to bring out. The shapes merged into complete themes - each with a different lesson about life.