We have been farming with Highland Cattle for 25 years. They are wonderful cattle to work with - lovely temperament, very hardy with a thick winter coat, great mothers and long lived. And of course, very picturesque, which is why I enjoy painting and drawing them so much. Its great having the stars of the paintings just outside the back door!
We do become very attached to our cattle and I am sure you can understand why.
(Princess Monica 29th of Corriemuckloch, one of our favourite cows, with me, Hilary)
I work mostly in soft pastels on slightly textured paper or card, or with quality artists' acrylic on canvas. Many of my canvasses are quite large with 4cm deep edges, and the painting continues over the sides. So it means you can hang the painting instantly on the wall without having to think about framing and the extra cost. However, you can still frame your picture if you prefer.
I started painting very seriously about four years ago, and have been delighted with the response - with art work going to buyers throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
There are many enthusiastic Highland Cattle breeders in Germany, where I have exhibited and sold artwork on several occasions. Here on the left are two rather pleased youngsters with one of my "Bad Hair Day" originals, which their father has just bought at a "Dutch" auction with the proceeds of £1,000 being donated to charity. Very pleasing!
Exhibiting at the splendid location of Strathallan Castle, photo by Malcolm Marshall.