I am usually surrounded by plants and I am fascinated, soothed and centred by them. Sharing this feeling, their fascinating structures and the intricate details that captivate and absorb me when I get up-close, is my aim.
I work in a few media; watercolour, Japanese ink paste, architectural pen and screenprint. My watercolour practise is lengthy and with live plants often takes place over a number of seasons. I enjoy the relative speed at which I work in ink, I love seeing the structures rendered in monotone, bringing surface patina and architecture to the fore. I grow my subjects and learn their nature while I paint, creating connection and insight into their growing cycle which I then translate in my work.
My work has focused on growth cycles. 'Ink shoots' is an exposition of Ariseama, I have purposefully invoked the anthropomorphic aspects of their shoots to engage discussion as to what they are and anticipation of what they will become. 'Fernation Vernation' is an exploration into the lush verdant nature of ferns and the diversity in their structures, with a particular focus on new leaves and fronds in their growth stage.
I feel that a focus on plant life and its place in our ecology is important to our world. I wish to draw attention to botany and the beauty found in nature through contemporary botanical exhibits and I hope to remind viewers how important plants are to our survival in our now very delicate ecosystem.
I was born and live in Edinburgh. I began my artistic career as a graphic designer and subsequently studied Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), where I was awarded a distinction and the Eve Bennet Prize for Botanical Illustration.
I won an RHS Gold Medal at the RHS London Botanical Art and Photography Show in 2019. At the RCHS Botanical Images Scotia exhibition I was awarded a Gold in 2019 and a Silver in 2014.
My work has been featured in various botanical society group exhibitions including Flora Scotia in conjunction with World Botanical Art Day in 2018, the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA), and the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists (ESBA).
I was featured in the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) Open exhibition in 2018 and in the Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) Open exhibition in 2019, where I won the Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Award. I also regularly show as a solo artist at the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival.
I have an exhibition opening at the Open Eye Gallery in October 2020.
My work has been published in Gregory Kenicer’s Scottish Plant Lore: An Illustrated Flora (RGBE, 2018). I have also been featured in The Botanical Artist, (Journal of the ASBA, 2019) with an article on my Japanese ink paste illustrations.
I have continued my connection with RBGE where I am a tutor on the Online Certificate in Botanical Illustration. I love working with my students and assisting them with their introduction to botanical illustration.