Over the last 30 years my inspiration has come from the sea and my love of sailing. In Scotland you are never more the 50 mile from the sea. For some it has great beauty for others it is a destructive and frightening force. It is these two contrary views of the sea and our relationship with it that I find so fascinating.
Currents, tides, waves, whirlpools and maelstrom, the powerful ebb and flow of water, my work is not a literal translation or a representation of the sea but something remembered, a metaphor to our lives.
Inspired by subject, process and materials I have been exploring the possibilities of a crossover between creative disciplines. Using weave, stitch, paper, and other materials as a starting point, blurring the ridged lines of demarcation and questioning the definition of Contemporary Tapestry/Textile Art.
Born in Edinburgh
1980 – 85 Edinburgh College of Art
2014 Burgh Hall Gallery, Linlithgow
2013 An Lanntair, Stornoway
2012 An Talla Solais, Ullapool
2011 An Tobar, Tobermory
Selected International Exhibitions
2013 International Paper Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Artapestry3, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, Latvia
2011 Fountain Gallery, Piestany, Slovakia
International Paper Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009 Centuries and Moments, Vilnius, Lithuania
2008 North Sea Project, Stavanger, Norway
Across Boundaries, Soul, South Korea
7th Biennial of American Tapestry, USA
2007 5th Cheongju Biennial, South Korea
12th International Textiles Triennial, Poland
5th International Biennial, Vilnius Lithuania
2006 Sense of Identity, Itami, Japan
2004 Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Natural Elements, Scotland House, Brussels. Belgium
An Leabhar Mor, Great Book of the Gaelic,
USA, Canada, Ireland
Selected Group Exhibitions – UK
2013 SSA & VAS Annual, RSA, Edinburgh
In PerspeXtive, RSA, Edinburgh
2011 That Was Then: This Is Now, &
Reflections. Contemporary Visual Art.
City Art Centre, Edinburgh