Two men on bicycles sharing and umbrella

Under My Umbrella (Framed)


Size: 76 x 61 cm

When I can I will try to get back home to my wee village that I grew up in. I will walk around the place trying to capture the smallest of memories that Ive got stored up in my head some easily spring to mind, others are jogged when I see something in my travels around the place. The thing I always think of when I walk down one of the streets is who I’ll bump into and watch to see if they may remember me or I can remember them but inevitably they will say “Aye” “who are you?” or “Where are you fae”.

Some people might think that its very rude for a total stranger to come out with something like that but probably having been brought up that way I’ve always seen it as a sign of friendship and a way to start up a conversation to get to know that person. So hospitality was something that shone out of most folk in that wee place.

This image here is something that would have happened if two old fella’s were riding their bikes together and it started to rain. You could never have one auld man underneath his umbrella, he would without fail have shared it.

Under My Umbrella (Framed)


Maybe its because I’m Scottish particularly from the west coast of this wonderful country that I paint a lot of scenes with umbrellas in them.

We used to say that the clouds that would come over from the west reached the isle of Arran and “goat fell” the largest mountain on the island, would tear the arse out the cloud and drop its contents on every town and city in the west coast. My mad uncle would always say that, “summer was his favourite day of the year”.

On the plus side all that water goes on to make some of the finest whisky on the planet so it cant be all bad and nothing beats looking at a landscape when the sun comes out just after a heavy downpour, the atmosphere it creates is breathtaking. What I remember too about where I hail from is how friendly everyone is, people go out of their way to say hello or to make sure you and alright and if you were ever in need on a rainy day even if you were on a bike an umbrella would be made available to you.