Stevie, Rox ,Solo and Jo

This portrait has particular significance for me. Firstly, it is primarily of horses - a subject I don’t get to paint very often, and I do enjoy painting them. Secondly, the location of the portrait is somewhere very dear to my heart.

Rob and Caron, who commissioned the portrait, live in the tiny village of Port Logan on the South-West tip of Scotland. I first visited the Port with my family when I was five years old, and have been returning ever since. Rob and I have known each other for many years and some of you may recognise the old stone pier in the background. Between 2001 - 2003, the BBC filmed their drama series, Two Thousand Acres Of Sky in the village. Indeed, Rob and Caron’s farm featured quite prominently in the series.

The three horses, left to right, Stevie, Rox (sadly no longer with us) and Solo are Caron’s babies. Jo, to the fore, is the much loved farm dog. The old dry-stone wall is very characteristic of the area and adds texture to the piece, while the background is the wonderful sweep of Port Logan bay.

It took a number of trips to gather the necessary reference to complete the work. To capture each horse perfectly took time, but I must confess, it was worth it. Simply to visit this wonderful place is always a delight. Over the fifty years I’ve been going, it has become part of me. I think the painting turned out rather well too.

On the farm, Rob and Caron raise rare-breed pedigree Saddleback pigs. They have a fine and growing reputation for producing high quality pork and bacon and if you would like to know more, please click on the link to visit their web site.