Original of the month, January

Original of the month, January

Afternoon sunlight, Horse Island’


This pastel was painted a few years ago and I found it hiding in my studio. One I always liked, I felt it was time to give it an airing!

This was the view from my house, when I lived in Polglass, Achiltibuie and it’s still one of my favourite views in the whole world. I spent many blissful hours watching the light change across this magnificent landscape, and I especially loved it on the more dramatic, stormy days when the rainclouds would briefly part and bathe the Summer Isles in brilliant, golden light. The next moment the rays would touch the Dundonnell and Fisherfield mountains behind, leaving the islands in deep silhouette. I have tried to catch one such afternoon here and I think anyone who knows the area well will recognise this kind of weather!

Size approximately 35cm x 20 cm, plus frame

£180 (not including delivery/postage) This is a special, reduced price as the painting is older stock, but this in no way reflects how I feel about the painting!

This pastel painting is sold double-mounted in off-white and in a distressed, ‘antique’ gold frame which matches the colours very well. I can’t sell pastel paintings unframed as they are too fragile. As this is not a very large painting I might be able to organise postage, although collection (or delivery, by arrangement) is far preferable.

Please use the contact form or send an e-mail ([email protected]) to secure this painting.

Original of the month, December

‘Split Rock & Clachtoll salmon bothy’


Memories of summer at the glorious white sand beaches of Clachtoll, Sutherland. The iconic ‘Split Rock’ draws the eye and in the distance we can see Cul Beag, Stac Pollidh and the Coigach peninsular across the water.

Painted in artists’ quality watercolours on Arches paper and double-mounted in Antique White, this would make an ideal Christmas present for someone who loves our pristine beaches and clear, turquoise waters.

Size approximately 39cm x 19cm

Price, including double mount and UK postage: £145

This painting is now SOLD.

Disappointed? Ask me if I can paint something similar. Commissions always welcome, within reasonable time constraints.

Original of the Month, October

‘Scots’ Pine’

This smaller watercolour captures the intricate texture of bark on the trunk of a Scots’ pine. The tree I used for inspiration is growing within the magnificent Inverewe Gardens on the shores of Loch Ewe in Ross-shire. The distinctive dark red bark glows richly in sunshine and once I began painting I saw many other colours adding to the complexity of this most beautiful and ancient of species.

Watercolour and pen

Size approximately 25 cm x 18cm

Framed price £180

Mounted only price £120

Prices include postage (within the UK)

Please use the contact form to buy this painting.

Original of the month, September

Summer storm clouds, Balnakeil’


Size approximately 58 x 42cm

This big, dramatic pastel was painted from a photograph I took on an incredible summer’s day a few years ago. Although brooding clouds were gathering, the machair was in full bloom and it was very warm; silvery sunlight glimmered on the pools left by the retreating tide and I wished I’d had my sketchbook. I did, luckily, have my old Pentax camera and took some wonderful photos, which I then proceeded to lose. Imagine my delight when I came upon them during a clearout. Usually I dislike using such old material for inspiration but this day was still fresh in my mind.

This is a large painting in a heavy, rustic (though modern) wooden frame and I can not send it by post. It will need to be collected from Lochinver or personally delivered, by arrangement (extra cost to be discussed)

Framed pastel: £750

Original of the month, August

Peaceful Afternoon’, watercolour

Painted on location on a beautiful afternoon after kayaking across the bay to Baddidarroch, this view looks out to sea and towards Coigach, on the horizon.

A simple, quickly-painted watercolour, approximately 12″ x 9″, sold in a double mount (Antique White)

£120 including UK postage. Please use the contact form to purchase this painting.

Original of the month, July

Achmelvich, Off-season.

Pastel. 19″ x 12″

£450 (framed)

Calm waters and golden maram grasses in the low light of a rare sunny winter’s day. Achmelvich beach, near Lochinver, is quite magical when empty, especially when the weather is kind. Despite its inviting colour, though, the sea would have been much too cold for swimming!

This painting has now been SOLD but limited edition prints are on the way, so watch out for their appearance in the Shop section.

Original of the Month, June

Ardvreck Castle print

Ardvreck Castle


This medium-sized watercolour was painted quickly on location in Assynt, Sutherland on a slightly misty September morning. The painting is available framed or just mounted, which is easier to send.

Prints of this image are also available, in the Gallery and Shop sections. The original is just a little bigger, and of course it’s always nice to have the real thing! (Prints currently sold out but more on the way)

Framed price: £270 Mounted only price: £180 (includes postage to UK addresses)

To buy the Original of the Month please send a message via the contact form.

Original of the Month, May

Welcome to the NEW area of Picture Shack, where each month we will feature a unique, original painting available to buy.

Some of the originals will have limited edition gliclee prints taken from them which are also available on the site, via the ‘shop’ page. Others are truly stand-alone, one-off pieces.

As the months progress and more paintings and drawings are added, feel free to browse the archives for any which remain available.

Please use the contact form to enquire about the Original of the Month.

Spring Birches

Pen and watercolour wash . Image size approximately 32cm x 24cm (plus frame) The painting is double-mounted in conservation-quality ‘antique white’ mountboard and framed in a timeless, modern silver-coloured, flat profile frame. The price includes postage to addresses within the UK. (Please enquire for the cost of posting overseas)