April 2005, the Skye & Lochalsh 2005 Studio Trails tri-fold brochure arrives in the mail; Laura West had put me 'on the list'. I duly ticked off all those artists and craftspeople whose work I wanted to see when next in the neighbourhood, a single dot in Plockton 'called me' - #20. At the end of June, when I finally made it back to Skye, the open studios programme was over. On a rather round about way of getting there, via the Uig ferry to Ullapool and winding my along the north-west coast through Charles-Mellon to the Kyle of Lochalsh (perhaps among my most favourite of all of unspoiled places in Scotland), and now hungry and recognising that I hadn't yet made plans for accommodation for the night I headed to Plockton. Go, have the local langoustines at the Plockton Hotel, nothing prepares you for the taste or how good anything else is on the menu. With no room at the inn, I enquired about how I might find #20, Greg Dobson. "Oh, he lives in Duncraig, the castle, o'er the loch", mind you the light of the dusky late afternoon and massive forests is not ideal for finding your way through narrow roads hugging a loch but I am nothing if not tenacious. And so, two false turns, nice neighbours and far better directions that self guiding intent, a long~very long road driveway and the castle looms before me. I have just missed Greg, gone out for dinner, but his charming father provides a hearty welcome, and coveted views from the dining room of Lochcarron.
Trained at Leicester Polytechnic and graduated with a Ceramics Degree, Greg has taught and is qualified as a teacher in Art and Design and Special Education needs. Like many of Scotland's 100,000 registered artists he continues with this work to supplement his income. Despite his degree being taken in the three dimensional arts, he has always painted, in all media but especially with oils, luminescent glorious oils. The tiny picture offered on the Studio Trails brochure that brought me to his doorstep is offered through T&B (somewhat reluctantly by us) and is shown above.
Greg's recent work certainly embodies the intensity of nature's palette, and the wildly varying weather as offered by the Highlands, but it's more. I believe it is Greg's ability to use his medium of choice to bridge the spectrum between two and three dimensional art while providing a glimpse inside the raw emotions ignited by living amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. His work is not literal, but Greg uses colour in a way that represents the purity of the environment his so fortunate to call home.