It would be difficult to express the synergy of passions shared with Graham and his wife Jill on our first meeting, one fostered by Gillian Fox Ramsey of Shetland Fudge - thanks Gillian! The logical conclusion of that conversation is what you are about to peruse.
I completely understand Graham. Like many of the 100,000 artists registered in Scotland he doesn't earn a living at his art. No, for practical financial considerations he works as a highly regarded solicitor in Ayrshire but there is no question where his passions lie.
Engaged in art since boyhood, he has been working with soft pastels since 1987, developing an unorthodox, more finished style which reveres colour and produces something much more akin to paintings rather than drawings.
A consuming interest in Scottish history and culture as well as a keen eye and respect for Scotland's sweeping vistas dictate the focus of his art. We're all too well aware that Scotland provides no shortage of exceptional subject matter.
Recognition was achieved in 1995 when Graham won First Prize in the 'Save the Children' art competition which attracts both professional and amateur entries, and whose patron is the Princess Royal. The winning picture was a study of the Auld Kirk in Alloway, scene of Tam O'Shanter's horrid vision of "warlocks and witches". Graham was runner up in the same competition in 2003 with his stunning piece of the ocean going Paddle Steamer Waverley.
Telling Scotland's "story" (all of it) is something Graham helps Thistle & Broom do in an extraordinary way. One of a kind, or "one-offs", and signed limited edition prints of the highest quality to capture a piece of Scotland for your own, available exclusively through Thistle & Broom.