I am a practising artist who has been involved in making art in the Cairngorms for the past 12 years. I exhibit with a group called "Creative Cairngorms" and exhibit 2/3 times per year with the group in the Cairngorms National Park. I am a painter and printmaker but have made sculptures for my Masters show at Gray's School of Art in 2017. My thesis was "Superstitions of the Sea" where I explored the history of sea faring superstition in the North East of Scotland. I continue to draw upon this and I am currently writing a fictional book based around folklore. I started this book during the lockdown and plan to illustrate it. As well as being an artist,, I am a fully qualified secondary art teacher and I currently teach special needs children where my art practice is very transferrable.
MA Fine Art - Contextualised Practice. Gray's school of art - exhibition 2017.
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Moray College 2010
PGDE art and design - University of the West coast of Scotland - 2006
BA Combined Arts - Edinburgh College of Art - 1999 - 2005.
HND Graphic Design - Perth College 1997 - 1999
New artists in Scotland, Aberdeen
RSA - Edinburgh - New artists
Aberdour arts Festival, Fife
Creative Cairngorms artists' collective, Moray and Highland.
I have taken part, laterally in the Masters degree show where I gained my MA at Gray's school of art in Aberdeen. I have also written for www.cuttysarkdesignmuseum on their website, where I collaborated with them to write about Superstitions of the sea. There is a link to my thesis there. I created this with Dave Ramsay who worked for a group "Mearns O' the Howe" in Stonehaven. He wrote a beautiful piece of music "The Selchie" to accompany my written piece on their Web pages.
I love oral history, folklore and supernatural phenomena. This has influenced my work. I continue to explore the historical "wild" aspects of Scotland, the creatures that once roamed the land that have included lynx and wolves, their prey and extinction. I now wish to explore this further through my art making.