My practice is centred on my experience of landscape: the perspective and feelings specific to climbing Scottish munros. Walking enables an accumulative research process of experiencing and contemplation which is channeled into my work. Through this sensory experience, translated into the physicality of large-scale painting, I explore an understanding of our fragile existence in the world.
My recent series is based on walks up and around Lochnagar in the Cairngorms, written about in Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, 1977. Shepherd focuses on the accumulative experience of walking, rather than simply reaching the peak. This way of exploring our physical and mental capacities is something that I’ve been contemplating through my research.
Shepherd’s insights into the shifting palette of the landscape feeds into my work as whilst walking, I gather a particular spectrum of colours, affected by light, weather and time.
The materials sewn to create the base for my paintings are largely non-traditional, there is a tension created by the competing tautness and looseness of adjoining fabrics, and by the paint as it unexpectedly interacts with each surface. The unfolding of this complex and precarious, whilst considered, nature of production, mirrors the unpredictable and often arduous experience of munro walking. The exposed frayed edges, loose threads and prominent brush marks, lay bare the construction of the painting, compelling the viewer to contemplate the process of labour and creation. The layers of paint creating underlying rhythms and currents, form new skins and mirror the tangibility and rawness of the landscape.
Edinburgh Edinburgh University and College of Art: MA (Hons) Fine Art with History of Art, Specialising in Painting, First Class. Huntley MacDonald Sinclair Prize for Best Dissertation and Helen A Rose Bequest for distinguished work in art.
Tramway Visual Art Studio. Portfolio Preparation Course.
Glasgow School of Art. Portfolio Preparation Course.
July Exhibition. Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh.
Drawn Threads. Rogart Street Studios, Glasgow.
Degree Show 2019. Edinburgh College of Art.
All, Entire, Whole. New Glasgow Society, Glasgow.
John. E25, Edinburgh College of Art.
Sightseers. G39 Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. Invited by Welsh artist Bob Gelsthorpe.
THE SALON. EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh. Curator.
Astaire Art Prize. Fire Station, ECA. Award: 2nd Prize
Other Faces 2. St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh. Performer as commissioned by collective Edinburgh Leisure.
Summer Show. Flat Seven, Edinburgh.
Common Threads. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow. Curator.
Rhythms. Degree Show, ECA. Collaboration with graduating student.
Running Up That Hill. St. Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.
Genius Loci. City Art Centre, Edinburgh.
PAINTING! PAINTING! Tent Gallery, Edinburgh. Two person exhibition.
‘Hohe Nacht der klaren Sterne'. The Pig Rock Bothy, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Performer invited by Torsten Lauschmann.
Shake yer Pixels. The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh.
Marie Curie. The Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow. Second Closing. Andrew Grant Gallery, ECA.
Selected work experience:
December 2018. Work experience in Conservation Department, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
January - May 2018. EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh.
November 2017. Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda,