Editorials – Cromarty Oil Transfer

High-risk oil transfer operation to be carried out against wishes of local dolphins.
Important environmental sites to be risked for ship-to-ship oil transfers.


A local issue, this time. Staying in Moray, I’m right on the doorstep of so many serene places. A lot of people move here just to neighbour the local dolphins. Unfortunately, permission is being sought to carry out ship-to-ship (STS) oil transfers in the waters nearby. STS transfers are particularly prone to spillage. If the license is granted, roughly 400,000 tonnes of crude oil will be transferred in the Moray Firth each month. Things may get messy.

Editorial Illustrations

What I love about good editorial illustrators is their ability to capture so much of a situation with so little – a single image.

Over the past week, I’ve been testing my own simplification skills and building up a new portfolio. Coming at art from this angle is refreshing after so much landscape painting. The process involves brainstorming a huge number of ideas, then cutting and combining until you’re left with something small, but so dense.

Here are the three illustrations I’ve finished so far:
No. 1 was tailored to this article on the junior Doctor strike:


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Profiling Oldmeldrum

Banner Illustration for a Leopard Magazine article on Old Meldrum.
Old Meldrum 2015 – footer illustration for Leopard magazine.

I had the honour of illustrating an article by writer/photographer Duncan Harley. He’s writing a series exploring Scottish history on the small scale: ‘Our Town.’ It digs into the littler communities of Scotland, unearthing all sorts of stories nearly forgotten.

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