I supported my art practice by teaching in F.E. and privately in my studio. I also worked providing art therapy for dementia sufferers.
I am now able to focus on my painting, dividing my year between Scotland and France (the Auvergne).
I am a figurative painter, preferred medium oil on linen.
Direct observation is crucial to the work which always begins with drawing.
It is based on real places, mostly outside but not always.
In it I try to achieve a wider meaning, reaching out beyond the immediate image. The potential for doing this influences my choice of subject.
Recently my work is changing due to my experience of the Auvergne.
I feel that I am able to push it further.
B.A. Hons. Fine Art (Camberwell), First Class
A.T.C. Goldsmiths College, London
M.A. Hons. English Edinburgh
V.A.S. at the R.S.A., 2013, 2015, 'Converge', January 2016 and 'Fly', December 2016
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh: 'Into the Garden', 2013, 'Artist's Drawings' 2013,
'On a small scale' 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016;
R.S.A. Open Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016
'Works from the figure', The Lovely Gallery, South London, 2014
V.A.S. Exhibition, The Museum Gallery, Peebles 2014
Drawing Exhibition, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, Painters Hall, London 2005, 2007
The Russian State Library Gallery, St. Petersburg, 2007
Eastwood Theatre Gallery, Griffnock, Glasgow 2007
Owen Taylor Gallery, Warwick 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh 2006
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London 2003, 2005
Gallery Duncan Terrace, London 2003
My work is in private collections in England, Scotland, North America, France, China and Spain.