I have been a musician and artist, man and boy for, well, a long time. I was born in Dunfermline, Fife, in Scotland, but lived most of my life in the south of England. Having returned to Scotland some twelve years ago to make peace with my celtic side, I thought I'd see if I could earn a living as a pet portrait artist, and to that end I taught myself how to design a website, after which I set up shop ( alright, it wasn't as easy as I'm making it sound but I got the idea in the end). I now have three websites, two centred on my pet portrait business, (the other one being Pet Portraits UK) and one featuring essays I've written over the past dozen years or so, called Scottish Essays.
I live in the north of Scotland, on the edge of the Highlands, with my wife Karen, our daughter Abi, and our three dogs, Oscar, Lucy (Goosy) and Lillie, all related. I play guitar like a ringing a bell, I'm pretty good at chess, and pretty bad at snooker. I read a lot, mostly historical fiction and cop thrillers, as in Michael Connelly, and I love my dogs.
I also love Johann Sebastian Bach, some jazz and rock, and country music.
If I could have my life over, I would probably live in a log cabin in Alaska, and get to know the wolves, except then I would never have known Karen and my daughter Abi. And J.S. Bach. And Martina McBride. Oh well.
Scottish Pet Portraits
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