Born in Glasgow in 1981, Paul’s talent was recognised early when at the age of twelve he won the competition to design the Edinburgh Festival Fringe poster. He went on to graduate from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004 and took the risky decision to become a full-time painter from his own studio in the Merchant City. Much of his work has been inspired by the city, depicting a narrative between the people and their surroundings. His paintings are strongly connected to experiences in his own life. Recently he has been more interested in the coast and countryside painting everything from boats and seafood to farm animals and machinery. When asked to paint a sheep at the Royal Highland Show Paul wanted to create designs that could relate to his own work as well as relate to agriculture at the same time. After looking through his paintings he decided that the best way forward for his design was to paint the sheep like he was just doing one of his everyday paintings. He decided to paint the beach in Lindisfarne in Cumbria. After many holidays to the Berwickshire coast he thought that painting Lindisfarne onto the sheep as a full canvas would work as it’s an environment where sheep are never far away. He painted the whole head and upper body blue with the picturesque beach and castle in the back ground with one of his signature boats on the lower part. This worked well as it made the sheep become it’s own environment.