I wasn’t great in school, didn’t really enjoy it. Similar when I went to college leaving without any real path. Worked in a few bars and call centres. Didn’t really enjoy the prospects. I think at this point, around 2001, I educated myself, through the utter determination not to be unhappy, as an artist. After about 8 years of painting the landscape I was happy with the result but disappointed that I couldn’t attract more galleries. So moved to London and decided to recreate myself as ‘mackie’ and paint something a bit closer to my personality. So I embarked on the “Source of light” paintings using this pseudonym. Around 2013 I combined this surreal subject matter with the earlier landscapes to create “Abandoned Dollhouses” and started thinking it was about time to use the name I should be most proud of.