I grew up in Scotland, believing as a child, that there were fairies at the bottom of the garden. I was raised on picture books, on fairy tales, on myths and legends and they have stayed with me like an echo into adulthood.
I studied Illustration (BA) at Dundee University before becoming a teacher of Art, Design and Photography where I work part-time in a secondary school in Fife. I completed an MEd in Art Education (UWS) which helped me re-establish my arts practice, by becoming an artist teacher whose teaching and arts practice complement each other. My job means I must be sensible a lot of the time, but I never lost the feeling that magic exists just beyond your line of sight.
I recently completed an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of art. My work is primarily paper based, hand-cut sculptures. I develop narratives by creating delicate papercut objects that help my fantastical ideas become tangible. The making of artists books help inform my process, and let me explore and develop ideas for characters and compositions out with the sketchbook.
MA in Children's Picture Book Illustration - Cambridge School of Art (2015-18)
MEd Artist Teacher - University of West of Scotland (2010-13)
PGCE Art and Design - University of Edinburgh (2008-09)
BA Hons Illustration - Dundee University (2007-2010)
Bologna Children's Book Fair, Italy (March 2018)
Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge (March 2018)
Candid Arts Trust, London (Feb 2018)
McNaughtan's Bookshop and Gallery, Edinburgh (Jan 2016)