My name is James Mackie. I have been drawing and painting for around 20 years as a self-taught artist. I was born in Paisley and raised in the East End of Glasgow and I have lived and worked in Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Carlisle. I was a precision engineer by trade and involved in the bar and nightclub industry for the last 20 years. I was looking for a change and an opportunity to incorporate my artwork, to be more creative and to utilise my experience gained within my previous careers.
I felt that the obvious choice was to train as a web and graphic designer. My freelance business has been established for 11 years and specialises in bespoke websites for artists and small businesses.
My paintings primarily come from my travels, from the diversity of the architecture to the vibrancy of colours I associate with different cities. I love Barcelona, Joan Miró and Gaudi, the hustle of New York and its buildings and the works of Kandinsky, Basquiat, Klee and Picasso, and their interpretation of colour and shape that inspire so much of my work.