My work is about bearing witness to the natural world in all its richness and diversity. Increasingly I am spending time making drawings and paintings from life. This gives me time in the natural world to notice and engage with it in a raw and immediate way. Through my work I hope to share the intensity and complexity of my experiences in the world.
Increasingly I am drawn to learn about the creatures and habitats I am working from. This induces a broad range of emotions from astonishment to horror as I discover more about the rich complexities of the natural world and how it is threatened daily.
Drawing is the starting point for everything I do, whether a quick sketch or a sustained piece, it informs my ideas and strengthens my observation. Printmaking is also a significant part of my practice, I enjoy the challenges it presents and the ritual of making work in this way. It also provides an opportunity for me to distil my sketches into layers of colour and form, allowing space for my imagination to come into play.
Originally from Cumbria, in 2002 I moved to Edinburgh to join the Foundation Course at Leith School of Art. I then went on to complete an MA in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University specialising in drawing and painting. Since 2008 I have worked as an artist creating prints, drawings and paintings inspired by British nature. I regularly exhibit work throughout the United Kingdom; I am a professional member of Visual Arts Scotland and the Society of Wildlife Artists. I teach on a Portfolio Course at Bridge House Art in Ullapool, as well as regularly through the National Galleries of Scotland and at Leith School of Art.