1944 Born in Bangalore, India
1961 Harrogate School of Art. Pre-Diploma
1962-65 Sunderland College of Art. Diploma in Art & Design
1965-6 Designing and making hats and cushions for Liberty, London
1966 Move to St Ives, Cornwall. Start exhibiting at Penwith Gallery
1968 Awarded Arts Council Studio. No 4 Porthmeor Studios.
From now on all work done in partnership with Dai Vaughan
Founded Magic Murals. Painting Backdrops which worked with lights for Bands and DJs
1970 Appointed Visual Arts Organizers. First St Ives Festival.
Design, Paint and light club interiors.
1972 Paint large scale murals for stage, entrance and exterior of Bumpers Piccadilly Circus. The largest discotheque in Europe at that time.
1973 Moved to the Isle of Lewis.
Bought and started restoring a 1829 Thomas Telford manse
1975 Founded Jenny Vaughan knitwear using local island wool.
Showed at London Fashion Week.
Sales from then on to London, Canada and Germany.
1980 Exhibition of Magic Mural Backdrops at Glasgow University.
Commissions followed from clubs in Scotland.
Commissions painting Trompe L’oeil rooms for developers and private individuals in and around London.
1983 Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in India
1986 Founding members of An Lantair. Exhibit each year till leaving the island
In response to an ad in Stornoway Gazette, submit design concepts for
Glasgow Garden Festival, Alice in Wonderland theme and Gullivers Travels………with giant flowers and other installations
Initial move to Glasgow
Start work on Festival designs and designs for Ken McCulloch for the hotel No 1 Devonshire Gardens.
Design and Paint Trompe l’oeil rooms in a number of private flats in the city
1987 Win the competition for artists for Princes Square Shopping Centre, Glasgow. This was a Scotland-wide art competition.
Work on a series of anamorphic mural portraits of famous people born in Glasgow for the escalator walls, paint two large trompe L’oeil window scenes of Glasgow in 1987 showing both daytime and nighttime views of the city center, calibrate the Foucault Pendulum Clock, and paint various illusionistic shop fronts.
1988 Paint a series of decorative panels for Caskie’s bars in both Glasgow and Dundee.
Design and paint sets for the Annie Macleod Experience, New Lanark Visitor Centre.
Design and paint two illusionistic murals for the Asahi Hotel, Osaka In Japan
Paint a series of murals for Balbir’s Ashoka Restaurant.
1989 Chosen by Glasgow City Council to design the Christmas Lights for George Square, to celebrate Glasgow becoming 1990 European City Of Culture. These were used for twenty six years.
Do Christmas lighting designs for both Argyle St and Sauchiehall Street pedestrian precincts. These were never carried out.
Organize the “In the Making” exhibition at the Glasgow Arts Centre, featuring all those involved in the George Square Festive lights.
Design and Paint decorative murals for the Leisure Centre, Crieff Hydro
Paint a large panoramic mural for Weymouth Museum
Start research and design detailing for the Art Lovers House, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, only now being built in Glasgow
Study the work of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.
1990 Continue work on the Art Lovers House design details, and start work on a series of gesso panels for the Dining Room, based on drawings by Mackintosh and gesso panel work of Margaret Macdonald.
Join design team of Hugh Martin Partnership and work on further designs for Princes Square, culminating in the Peacock Roof Sculpture,
Exterior banners and effects lighting.
Design, construct and install a 60ft tall Christmas Tree mobile in the atrium.
Design and construction of sets and kinetic sculptures for Gweek Seal Sanctuary in Devon.
1991 Construction and painting of all sets and scenery for the Gatehouse of Fleet Visitor Centre, Dumfries and Galloway.
Fresco murals for Italian Restaurant in the Barras Glasgow.
For Cardiff City Council design and supervise construction and installation of Christmas Lights for Cardiff Castle and all the main streets and buildings in the city center.
1992 Design teamwork with Hugh Martin Partnership for Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne. Design and paint dome murals and a set of mural panels for atrium area.
Festive lighting for exterior and entrance.
Designed and dyed and installed five large entrance panels for GRE offices at 163 West George St, Glasgow.
1993 Design and paint the ceiling, and design, make and install a mosaic bar front for the Shish Mahal Restaurant, Maryhill.
Design and paint the entrance and main room mural panels for The Punjab Express Restaurant, Coatbridge.
Design, make and paint a large dining room table for a private client.
1994 Design and paint a set of large panoramic murals panels for Loch Winnock Visitor Centre for Strathclyde Regional Council.
Publish a catalogue of Christmas lighting features for councils throughout UK
Install a number of these features along Princes Street, Edinburgh for Edinburgh City Council.
Create an Angel in Light for Casino Austria, and install it at the front of
What was Hitler’s Summer Palace in Salzburg, Austria.
Install Christmas lighting features for the whole exterior frontage of
Channel 4’s Big Breakfast building, which was seen on TV every morning for the whole two months Christmas season.
1995 Complete the 24 gesso panels for the Dining Room of the House for an Art Lover inspired by the work of Margaret Macdonald
Design and make Electric candles for clergy and choir, Glasgow Cathedral
Design, manufacture and installation of the Almondvale Boulevard Christmas Lights in Livingston, for Livingston Development Corporation And West Lothian Council
1996 Design team work with Hugh Martin Partnership at Princes Square, including decoration of entrances, theatre lighting for Atrium, design scaffolding banners for Frasers Department store, Buchanan Street.
Gave talks and ran gesso workshops at the MacLellan Galleries during
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition.
1997 Research, design, paint and install a set of five trompe l’oeil mural panels illustrating the five important stages of making malt whiskey, for William Grant & Sons, at the Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown.
Design, construct, paint and install a large Celtic Cross for the entrance of St John’s Church, Cupar, Fife.
Design and paint five mural panels showing the important stages of the making of malt whiskey for William Grant & Sons in the Robbie Dhu Centre, Glenfiddich Distillery.
Design teamwork in New York with Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates
And Ove Arup on the Buchan Street Competition. Short listed entry. Came second equal with RMJM.
Light activated murals in city centre bar in Aberdeen for Weddell & Thomson.
1998 Design and paint the dome of the North Rotunda, Glasgow for the Rotunda Casino Club.
Large trompe L’oeil mural for private clients at Shotley Hall, Northumberland.
From now on we receive continuous commissions from private clients throughout UK and the States for gesso panels, some to our own design and some inspired by Margaret Macdonald’s panels
2003 Start doing my own paintings again
Investigate 3D illusions and paint a series of stereoscopic paintings
2005 Drawings and watercolours while backpacking around North India
Exhibition of new paintings at Studio17, The Hidden Lane. 1103 Argyle St
Appointed Glasgow Charles Rennie Mackintosh Tour Guides, and continue until 2015 with tours for the Mackintosh Society, Travel Editions and the Arts & Crafts Tours of America.
2009 Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in Central India
Exhibition of Indian paintings & drawings in studio in Pollokshields
2011 Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in North India & Nepal
Exhibition of work from the trip, and a number of these paintings and
Drawings used to illustrate the poetry book Four Journeys, published to coincide with the exhibition. Venue was Studio 18, The Hidden Lane
2017 Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in Cambodia & Thailand
Complete a series of small egg tempera paintings on gesso panels and
The Triptych paintings
2018 Final public commission at the Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street our version of Oh ye, all ye that walk in Willow Wood by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, which is the centre piece of the Salon de Luxe.
Complete the Meditation Series of four paintings and The Pair Paintings
2019 Watercolour paintings while backpacking in Sri Lanka
Large Three-Month painting entitled ‘It is what it is’.