Archive of sold paintings

Silver Reward
The MFV "Silver Reward", rigged for drift-net fishing, looking for a likely spot to shoot her nets and hopefully get a good catch of herring. In the distance, the islands of Noss and Bressay can be seen astern. The boat was owned by G. Garden and T Stewart of Buckie.

The painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, and is painted in oils on hardboard. It was bought by a visitor to my studio.
Scalloway
Scalloway was once the capital of the Shetland Islands, and the ruins of its castle, built by the tyrannical Earl Patrick Stuart in the 16th century, are still a prominent feature near the shore at Blacksness. This spectacular view, looking west from the Scord, shows the village and the islands beyond.

This painting, 24 x 18 inches in size, and in oils on hardboard, was bought online by J. Thomson, Godalming, Surrey.
Sandwick Croft
A summer's day at Stove, Sandwick, with the remnants of a fogbank, which the sun has not yet burned off, over Hoswick.

Oils on hardboard, 20 x 15 inches.

This painting was sold through being displayed on this website. The owner lives in Anglesey.
Ramna Stacks
The Ramna Stacks are a loose formation of various-shaped stacks, lying in a string in a roughly north-westerly direction from the point of Fethaland, which is the northernmost point of the Shetland mainland.

This painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, is in oils on hardboard, and was bought by a customer from Kilsyth, near Glasgow.
Paramount
The Aberdeen motor trawler "Paramount" (A309) was one of a series built by Mitchison's yard at Gateshead on Tyne. She joined the fleet in 1959, and fished until the mid-1970s, when this class of side-trawler became obsolete. She is pictured tramping along in fair weather.

The owner of this painting, which was bought from the studio here in Lerwick, lives on Tyneside.
Ocean Harvest
The Arbroath seine-netter "Ocean Harvest" was built by Gerrard Bros. in that town in 1957. She is pictured approaching Lerwick harbour, with the Bressay Lighthouse in the background.

This painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, and is in oils on hardboard. It was bought from the Catterline exhibition of early 2008.
Northlink Ferry
I was in a turbulent mood when I started to create this one. The Northlink ferry "Hjaltland" encounters seasonally stormy seas on a winter trip between Aberdeen and Lerwick.



This painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, and was painted in oils on hardboard. It was bought by a website visitor.
Steam Drifters
The wooden-built steam drifters "Loranthus" and "Daisy Bank" reaching the shelter of Lerwick harbour on a dirty morning, with a southerly gale blowing. The "Loranthus" was built in 1929 at Buckie, and owned by partnership headed by G A Smith of Portessie, while the "Daisy Bank", built in 1911 at Banff, was owned by Alexander Brodie of the same town.

The painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, and is in oils on canvas. It was bought by a visitor to my studio late in 2009.
MV St. Ninian
The MV "St. Ninian" was built in 1950 to go on the Leith-Aberdeen-Lerwick run for the North of Scotland, Orkney & Shetland Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., and provided this once-weekly service until around 1970, when it ceased, and she was sold to Canadian owners. She is pictured passing the Bressay lighthouse at the start of her regular trip south on a Wednesday evening.

The painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, and is in oils on hardboard. It was bought from the permanent "mini-exhibition" in the L
Lerwick waterfront
A calm summer's afternoon at the Small Boat Harbour, viewed from near the point of Victoria Pier. The Queen's Hotel and the recently-restored Tollbooth are prominent features on the waterfront, as is the local sail-training vessel "Swan", lying at its berth at the Breakwater pier.

The painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, is in oils on hardboard, and was bought through this website by a customer in Godalming, Surrey.
Lerwick Harbour
This study of motor and steam drifters was inspired by a photograph, by Jack Peterson, I saw in the Shetland Museum archive. It was from a time when hundreds of these boats congregated in Lerwick harbour every morning during the summer herring season, sailing again in the late afternoon or early evening to engage in the overnight drift-net fishery.

The painting is 36 x 24 inches in size, and was painted in oils on hardboard. It was bought by a website visitor.
Johnshaven
Pleasure craft and workboats in Johnshaven harbour, on Scotland's east coast.

This oil painting on canvas measures 36 x 24 inches. The buyer lives in Cornwall
Lapwing
The Peterhead pair trawler "Lapwing" is pictured in heavy seas, as she searches for the white-fish shoals. The 80ft vessel was built at Campbeltown shipyard in 1973, and was the Fraserburgh-registered "Defiance" before being bought by the Buchan partnership of Peterhead.

The painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, and is in oils on hardboard. It was bought from the exhibition at the Creel Inn, Catterline in early 2008.
Lerwick Harbour (2)
A popular theme of mine is the scene of Lerwick harbour during the 1930s summer herring season. This square-shaped version of it shows steam and motor drifters alongside the quay.

The painting is 24 x 24 inches in size, and is in oils on hardboard. It was bought from the Catterline exhibition of early 2008.
Johann Smidt
The German schooner "Johann Smidt" used to be Dutch-registered as the "Eendracht" before the new three-masted schooner of that name came off the stocks in 1998. Both vessels were in Lerwick for the 1999 Tall Ships race. She is pictured in company with other tall ships in fresh weather and an ocean swell.
The owner of the painting, which was bought from the studio here in Lerwick, lives in north Tyneside
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Northlink Ferry

I was in a turbulent mood when I started to create this one. The Northlink ferry "Hjaltland" encounters seasonally stormy seas on a winter trip between Aberdeen and Lerwick. This painting is 24 x 18 inches in size, and was painted in oils on hardboard. It was bought by a website visitor.