I am a Scottish artist from Edinburgh, now based in Stow in the Scottish Borders. My practice is predominantly painting and illustration, although relief sculpture and photography provided foundation for artistic development over the years.
Drawing and painting forms the bulk of my finished work, often nuanced as specific stylised drawing created from either a visual trigger, emotion, or the process of automatism where the initial mark making defines the image and a more cohesive composition grows from this. The rendered image is a collection of views, combined glances, often referencing historical or social stories or architectural and structural inequalities. Observational drawing is produced in a simplified way, offering suggestion of the subject rather than a tight representation. This approach has developed over the last few years forming semi abstract works with illustrative elements and motifs, chiefly in charcoal, gouache and oil.
Subjects of work commonly focus on boundaries, where countryside meets village, town and city, and the various intrusions that cut up the landscape. Urban landscapes continue to feed research. Edinburgh’s shifting skyline is an example I use frequently - its people, and a lifelong interest and concern for its architectural and cultural heritage. These concerns have featured heavily in my work over the years, watching the towns fabric and character changing throughout my own lifetime.
Awards and Residencies
ECA Sketchbook Award, May 2017
Hospitalfield collaborative mini residence and exhibition with Sculptor Kenny Hunter, February 2018
ECA ‘Astaire Award’, third prize, April 2019
Lyon and Turnbull graduate award and residency June 2019
RSA Artist Development funding, July 2019
Artist Residency, Eigg, February 2020 (Lyon and Turnbull collaboration with The Bothy Project)
Artist Residency at Marchmont House, August 2021
ECA group show, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, 2018
Work exhibited and sold in the RSA Open, Edinburgh, 2018
Work exhibited and sold for the National Brain Appeal at the Gallery@Oxo, London, 2018
Online work for Saatchi Art’s ‘Rising Stars’, August 2019
Eleven works featured and exhibited at Lyon and Turnbull in Edinburgh, August 2020
Marchmont Open Studios, August 2021
Collaborative show in ‘Nature Still’ exhibition at The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in Edinburgh, November 2021