The 'Tartan Series' came about from my family history. My father was orphaned at age 11 so I knew very little about his family until a few years ago. I discovered that my grandmother's maiden name was Motherwell. Robert Motherwell was always a favourite artist of mine and as it turned out both of our families came from Motherwell, Scotland. In doing research on the Motherwell family history I became fascinated with tartans and I started to make drawings of them. I don't copy tartans but reinvent them through the multi-layering of colours. I'm currently working on a number of larger paintings which will continue the theme of the tartan drawings on this site.