“I am retired paediatrician who has always had a desire to take up painting but never found the time until
retiral 6 years ago. I originate from Malta and have lived and practiced medicine in Glasgow for the past 45 years. I started painting from scratch 3 years ago, attended art classes in acrylic painting at Neil Macdonald in Kirkintilloch and continued to experiment on my own during the past 9 months of lockdown. All the paintings I have submitted have been painted since March 2020. I take my inspiration mostly from photos which I take whenever I am out walking or travelling. I like to paint most topics but am especially attracted to portraiture which I find both challenging and difficult but satisfying. A morning spent painting while listening to Classical FM is a great way to relax!”
” John had an early training in drawing from the age of five until completing a course in art at a college of education when he was 21. He has always been focussed on structure and tonal contrast in his painting – the latter probably due to his colour blindness. One of his favourite artists is Cezanne.
His paintings usually arise from his memories or from photographs he has taken, when he lets his imagination take over. Topics are often influenced by his career as a biological scientist, from his music-making and his love of nature.”