This work bears the hallmark of Sandy's former profession as an architect; drawing based and generally of buildings and people in the landscape or townscape, exploring the bright colours of the setting.
The work in this show is inspired by the coastal towns and villages of Scotland – picturesque settlements located in some instances in the most inhospitable environments; on narrow ledges between towering cliffs and unforgiving sea. Perhaps as an antidote to this hardship, punctuated with occasional days of breath-taking beauty, a tradition of colourful buildings has evolved and is being maintained to this day. Tourism has fortunately halted the decline caused by the loss of employment in fishing, and a strong community fellowship still exists.
My work, including paintings from visits to Italy and other parts of Britain, has been exhibited in galleries in Edinburgh, St Andrews, Lochgilphead, and locally, with a first solo show in Forres. Coast/lines is my next solo show, even nearer to home, in Dingwall.