My paintings follow a ‘system’ and a set of restraints that determine colour, composition and scale. Working from a colour-coded alphabet, the titles for each painting are extremely important as they are the starting point for making; from this point each piece follows a basic set of rules - working from left to right, top to bottom.
I explore the physicality of paint in line with my interest in dementia. Working in a repetitious manner, I create individual patterns and repeated geometric shapes which form a grid-like structure. The grids provide a level of control over the paint which is otherwise unrestricted.
The build-up of layers expresses the passing of time. As the paint gains depth and weight, gravity and a lack of control come into play, causing the paint to fall away, with cells merging into one another. In many ways the paintings relate to uncontrollable events that happen in life, and several pieces imply the notion of the mind – and life - falling apart.
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2023 May your thoughts write the rest? Duff House, Banff. (upcoming)
2022 Lost on purpose, Logie Steading, Moray.
2019 Fresh Thoughts. Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.
2018 The Real & the Remembered. Elgin Library.
2018 Colours you’ve Forgotten. Moray Art Centre.
2017 A Closer Look. Nairn Art and Community Centre.
2017 Edge-Lands. Moray Art Centre.
2022 Reverb, Visual Arts Scotland, online.
2022 PLOT, Elgin Library.
2021 Moving Forward, online.
2020 Flow, Visual Arts Scotland, online.
2020 ATS Members’ Exhibition. An Talla Solais, online.
2020 The resilient self, Espacio gallery, London.
2019 XMASHUP. Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.
2019 ATS Members’ Exhibition. An Talla Solais, Ullapool.
2019 Edges of What? Dundas Gallery, Edinburgh.
2018 Winter Open. Moray Art Centre.
2018 20days20Artists. Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.
2017 Mixed Bag. Aberdeen Arts Centre & Theatre.
2017 Mind and Memory. Dementia Centre, Aberdeen.
2016 GC08, Lines to Paint. Aberdeen Arts Centre & Theatre.
2016 Mixed Exhibition. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen.
2016 Qualia. Number Seventeen Gallery, Aberdeen.
2016 Best of Degree show 2016. Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow.
2016 Degree Show. Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
2016 Stuffed Gallery. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen.
2016 Interim Show. Gallery 1, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh.
2016 Mixed Bag. Bottle Cap Bar and Brewery, Aberdeen.
2015 RSA Open Exhibition. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2015 Paintings and Drawings, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen.
2016 John Gray Legacy Award- Gray’s School of Art.