In 2016, Colin Beattie the famous Glaswegian publican and patron of the Arts asked me to consider creating a set of murals telling the story of Robbie Burns’ epic poem, Tam O’Shanter. Over the next two years I worked on the ten enormous panels until they were ready for unveiling in January of 2019 -just in time for Burns’ 260th birthday. As part of this event, I had the honour of being interviewed by David Hayman.
The opening night was a great success with over 400 folk in attendance. Two additional public viewings were staged, including a day with readings, performances by children and free copies of “Burns for Bairns,” a fabulous book designed to introduce children to our national bard.
The paintings are designed to be hung in the auditorium during January for the fabulous Burns suppers at Òran Mór in Glasgow.
During the rest of the year they (like the artist) can be found in the bar.