Doon the Harbour II
Ritchie was born on the west coast of Scotland and studied painting and illustration in Glasgow before settling in Edinburgh. His work is influenced by the Scottish coast and wild countryside. Celtic art, myths and Scottish folklore are a constant source of inspiration. Vibrant colour, simple form and a creative use of texture are woven together to give the original paintings their unique magical quality.
Ritchie's paintings are created in mixed media using handmade papers, spray paints, oil pastel, acrylic, water mixable oil, acrylic inks and gold leaf.
"All the things I paint come from dreams or memories of places I've been. What is important to me is trying to capture the true feelings of a place in time, rather than the reality."
Each painting tells a story with endless details to lose yourself in, something new to explore with every glance. Ritchie's work appeals to all ages and he is enjoying a growing demand for his work. He is now exhibits in the UK and as far afield as New Zealand. His work is also in many private collections.
Ritchie has illustrated two children books, which were adapted for a musical in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009. He also has had many solo shows and shared exhibitions in the past years.