Paleolithic Art Form Analysis

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A former archaeologist who, barring a handful of evening classes, is a self-taught amateur artist. In good weather I prowl the beaches of Aberdeenshire hypnotising rocks, and balancing them to startling effect and with apparent disregard for gravity. In bad weather I dabble in digital illustration and design.

My illustrations are regularly influenced by my time at university, drawing on my studies of prehistoric cultures, with the main themes inspired by Palaeolithic and Megalithic art. I combine stylised animal forms of extant, extinct, and mythical beasts with representations of entoptic phenomena on background textures. These backgrounds are often enhanced photographic images of natural stone, stained and damaged concrete, or weathered wood.
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On my next trip to the beach (a suitable rocky one, of course) I just had to give it a try, and now I'm hooked. Some rocks balance quickly and some don't want to balance at all. If they do balance, there's a magical moment when I can feel the stones lock into place. Then, and only then, can I carefully step back to admire my handy work. Sometimes a balance is so close to the limit it will only last scant seconds before it collapses. Other times I'm surrounded by a number of precarious creations for minutes, or hours, as I attempt increasingly complex configurations. Creating these temporary sculptures is an intensely absorbing process. A process where I'm often so focused on finding the balance within an unruly stack of rocks that I'm oblivious to my immediate
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