Painting Medical Stories…
I have been painting and sketching for over 25 years, throughout medical school, starting with the cadavers in the anatomy lab and various landscape locations in Scotland. During my GP training in Aberdeen I went to life drawing classes every week for almost 3 years. While living in the US, I was represented by Stellers Gallery Ponte Vedra Beach from 2006-2012 painting mainly seascapes of the local beaches and attended a class at Glassell School of Art Houston Texas to study Botanical Painting.
Since 2017 I have been a Producer with an Internal Medicine /Primary Care Podcast based in USA called The Curbsiders.
We broadcast an incredibly successful weekly episode that is downloaded over 100,000 times per episode rating number 2 in Apple Podcasts for medical shows. As well as script writing I paint the cover art for 25-30% of the social media advertising.
In the last 15 years I have also supported many medical themed charities with art for fundraisers, including ‘Dart for Art’ supporting a crisis pregnancy centre, North Florida, Beaches Episcopal School, Jacksonville FL, East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Hamlet Centre Norwich, Rebecca’s Rainbow Heart Ebstein’s Anomaly Trust Aberdeen, Cambridge Pink Week, Loving By Giving charity in Norwich that provide urban survival backpacks for those leaving HMP Norwich, the local Trussel Trust Foodbank, and ‘The Sunlight Project’ London for survivors of sexual assault.
The last 5 years have also seen me involved in the Cambridge Sci-Art world, with Pint of science paring scientists and artists to explain research to the general public through pub talks and art. Having worked with the Cambridge Brain Unit, Stem Cell Institute, Welcome Genome Campus and MRC Cambridge, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge I ended up with a piece exhibited at the New York Hall of Science, plus I have a piece at the University of Copenhagen and my work fronts the homepage of the website for www.Citigen.org
I use several different media, changing what I do to match the project. I use Resin for my sci-art work, and Liquitex Professional acrylic for my portraits. Winsor & Newton watercolours are for my seascapes, and my portable kit to take up a mountain or down to a beach includes Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils with pen and ink.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a doctor and artist. I graduated from medical school with only six photos after 5 years of hardworking. They were taken on an automatic camera. Blurred smiling faces in a tutorial room, horsing about with pens and clipboards, and one of myself standing next to a university sign.
Three years late I added two more photos to the scant collection. One of a tired skinny gynaecology junior and another taken of myself, mask faced in an operating theatre, having just rearranged a pathology specimen to be photographed before sending to the lab.
In 30 years I have added one more selfie to the mix, myself leaning over a trolley about to take swabs at an STD clinic.
I’m not a gynaecologist or a surgeon. I am a GP, that has worked in multiple specialities over 30 years and currently share my time between the Emergency department and Primary Care.
I have no evidence of a rich and varied career, just some wordy certificates and a growing network of friends.
If you are a doctor, you are probably the same. Confidentiality is something we are proud to maintain, but our lives get lost in that confidentiality.
Memories are precious. Memories are visual. I create that visual.