Acrylic paint, Collage and Digital Print on Watercolour PaperPortrait of Ivor Cutler, 2021329 x 483mm (13 x 19 in)

This portrait series of the Scottish poet and humorist Ivor Cutler was inspired by a true story from his early life. During the Second World War, Cutler joined the Royal Air Force but was soon grounded for “dreaminess”. Apparently he was easily distracted by cloud formations.

Whilst a tendency for dreaminess may not be a desirable quality in an RAF navigator, in an artist it’s extremely useful. I imagine that ‘Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2’ (there is no volume 1) was the result of extensive periods of daydreaming, such is the uniqueness of its vision.

Daydreams areĀ  a way of working through ideas and allowing the imagination to run freely. They can enhance creativity and lead to a better understanding of the self. If it weren’t for daydreams we might never have been introduced to Cutler’s wonderfully eccentric ‘Velvet Donkey’, ‘Jammy Smears’ or ‘Gruts’, which would be a significant loss.