I use the surface of the ordinary lampshade like an extraordinary canvas surface. I paint the lampshades in the comfort of my home where it is easy to see them in practical use. Nearly any subject matter is appropriate but I mostly paint the megalithic standing stones. Springtime usually inspires me to create a floral range. The lighthouses on the many outer islands are varied and their individuality works well on a lampshade. Animals found on Orkney are also good to go around a shade. I have also been inspired by the designs incised on stone currently being studied from the excavation at the Ness of Brodgar. Sometimes it is fun to design something topical and so I have painted designs using a simple heart as inspiration.
I was commissioned to paint the lampshades in use at the Hamnavoe Restaurant, Graham Place, Stromness. Enjoy a superbly cooked evening meal under the light of one of my shades and return the next day to buy or order one form your own home. I am also responsible for designing and painting the Hamnavoe’s new sandwich board sign.