Cusp Of Change: The Middle East

  • The First Corner

  • The Qu'ran Above The Door

  • Dust and the Dead

  • Giver of Words and Script

  • Al Muizz Li Din Allah

  • Clues in Khan Al Khalili

  • Kicking Up Dust

  • Deeper Than the Desert

  • Waiting on the Edge of a Continent

  • Seek the Silence of the Desert

  • In The Shadow of the Umayyad Mosque

  • The Secret History of Damascus

  • At the Gates of Paradise

  • Damascus Journey

  • Saturnine Night

  • The Writing on the Wall

  • Women Working The Well

  • Many Layered Confusions

  • Headscarf Girls

  • Collage of Myth and Faith

  • Huzun (Melancholy)

In 2006 I was awarded the Alasdair Salvesen Travel Scholarship in association with the Royal Scottish Academy, having proposed a journey through the Middle East and Eastern Europe. My adventure began in Cairo, Egypt, and I traveled on public transport through the Sinai, into Jordan, across Syria and Turkey, eventually crossing into Eastern Europe where I spent time in Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, before ending my trip in Budapest, Hungary. My plan had been to document the everyday in places that I felt were on the brink of change, and try and capture some of that dynamic in my paintings. The body of work was exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy in Spring 2007 to critical acclaim, receiving¬† 5 star reviews.. By that point I had not managed to develop any work from the Eastern Europe part of my trip, so that became a part of my subsequent exhibition, ‘Notes On A Journey’ in 2008 in Glasgow.