Artists need time to manage their extensive range of skills for creating coherent and imaginative artworks, these skills involve; imagination, curiosity, thinking, observation, sensitivity, understanding, listening and speaking, ordering and repetition, identifying significance, responding and absorbing, exploring and experimentation as well as important technical skills in their chosen area of practice. To financially support my creativity I deliver drawing classes with the objective of providing an informal and relaxed time and place to explore ways of drawing which anyone can access. The underlying aim is to encourage peoples' innate creativity – as Joseph Beuys said ‘everyone is an artist’ – and increase participants’ confidence in their own drawing ability. To do this drawing methods and materials are expanded outwith the usual understanding of what drawing can be by using plaster and wax casting, collage with papers/fabrics, stitching and found objects. Conversation and sharing ideas about art is encouraged, as is walking and drawing in the landscape with the corresponding recognised benefits for emotional well-being.
I regularly update my skill base in digital photography and photoshop, drawing, sound recording, marketing, social media, writing copy and blogging.
Exhibitions - Since 1998 I have shown work throughout Scotland around 22 times. A detailed outline is available if requested. I have exhibited work once in New York, once in Berlin and once in Lisbon.
Education - Graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design BA(Hons) First Fine Art;Sculpture(1998) Master of Fine Art (2000) PhD Fine Art (2006)
Awards - Creative Scotland Open Project Funding for Exploring the River Ericht- Research and development project; Women’s Enterprise Award;Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Visual Art Award; Hope Scott Trust Award for Visual Art; Royal Scottish Academy Residency and Creative Scotland at Sabhal Mor Ostaig 2012; Royal Scottish Academy Residency at Helmsdale undertaken in 2010/2011; William Sangster Philips Award; The Fine Art Travelling Scholarship DOJCAD.