I have been painting and drawing from an early age, and after an art foundation course I trained as a surface designer and designed textiles and surface pattern for 10 years (Laura Ashley, Jeff Banks, Royal Doulton, Sanderson etc). After another ten years of teaching, (art among other subjects to primary stages) my love of drawing and painting took me back to experiment with my own ideas.
I have painted several murals and worked on community arts projects and as an artist in residence. Moving from Scotland via Somerset, Mid-Wales and Norfolk to the Highlands, I became a director for a community art gallery in the Cairngorms National Park, whilst creating my own work. I have sold my paintings through many group and joint exhibitions, and completed a Scottish Natural Heritage/Creative Scotland Project with a very successful solo tour of work.
In 2016 I decided to return to painting full time. I now work from my studio at home near St Andrews, in Fife. I sell through open studios in the summer months, occasional exhibitions and Scottish galleries. I also sell through this website – please use the contact form if you would like to know more, including prices and postage.
My work is invariably inspired by the environment, the memories of it and my interactions with it. Each painting is a unique personal memory of a moment of time in a particular place. I am particularly drawn to the landscape of the Highlands, islands and coasts of Scotland and its wildlife, especially birds, and I like to experiment with technique and media. I tend to work alternately in oils, and watercolour/mixed media, every few months changing from one to the other to keep my work fresh and to inform my practice. I am endeavouring to paint en plein air as well as in the studio. I work from sketchbooks and my own extensive library of photographs. My Facebook and instagram sites often have more up to date illustrations of my work and I welcome followers and friends.
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