The Stones (acrylic on canvas,2021) created for the Spirit of The Highlands award (Spirit:360).
The Achiltibuie Stone tells the story of two children who discover a runestone in the dry stone dyke between their crofts.
For more info watch the Making of The Stones video.
For the runic symbols on the runestone in the painting I had fun using an online Rune Convertor.
Spirit:360 is supported by Highland Place Partnership, by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership Programme, and is administered by High Life Highland, as part of the Spirit of the Highlands project
I grew up in Lochinver and Inverkirkaig in Sutherland. A runestone was discovered in Inverkirkaig in 1987, but it turned out to be a memorial placed there in 1977.
I set my fictional story in Achiltibuie, as our family spent many holidays there.My uncle Kenny MacKenzie was the headmaster for many years and my aunt Marlene had the Coigach herd of Highland cattle. She taught me how to paint landscapes in oils.
Achiltibuie is Gaelic for Field of the Yellow-Haired Boy so I gave Douglas yellow hair.
In 2008 my short story The Achiltibuie Stone was published in New Writing Scotland anthology Bucket of Frogs.