About Me

“These works are rich with nostalgia, not least in the palette of colours associated with old print colourised, over-processed and faded by passing decades. Bleached, earthy tones are streaked with flashes of cadmium red and intense, saturated blues. But this is something more nuanced than a straightforward longing for a simpler age”

 Author Jane Alexander 2016

I document the world around me in paint. I think of myself as an explorer. I don’t always restrict myself to working on a conventional two dimensional canvas surface. Sometimes I will utilise found objects such as old tins and matchboxes. I like to use objects in painting because they have a history, they have been on a journey, they bare the marks of time. They also have a practical purpose as framing devices and containers in which I can assemble miniature painted worlds. Transforming an everyday object into something magical. I like to work in layers of acrylic and varnish. I often incorporate elements of collage, torn or cut fragments taken from photocopies of personal digital photographs which are embedded in the paint and worked over and manipulated. These fragments are often completely destroyed or obscured by the end of the painting process.The medium of painting affords the opportunity to add something more than a photograph can provide, such as a heightened sense of place, an atmosphere or insight. A photograph captures a fleeting moment it takes a second to press the button, a painting takes days, weeks, months, years to complete. Painting can express profound insights denied by photography or the digital image.

1997 - 1998 Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, MA European Fine Art 
1992 - 1996 Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting

Solo Exhibitions
2018 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2016 ‘Silent Spaces’ 3 person show, Fidra Fine Art 
2014 ‘A Different Light’ RGI Award Exhibition
2011 Passing Places, Howden Arts Centre, Livingston 
1998 ‘Unearthed’ Grizedale Sculpture Park

Recent Group Exhibitions
2018 SSA/VAS Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2017 National Open Art Exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
'All Square' Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Invited artist Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh
'Collective' Fringe by the sea, North Berwick
'Festival' Mixed Show Cameron Contemporary Art
'Drawing & Etching' Fidra Fine Art

2016 ‘Sunday Times Watercolour Prize’ Mall Galleries, London
ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
‘Small Wonders’ Fringe by the Sea open studio, North Berwick
Art in healthcare - Annual Fundraiser, Gayfield Creative Space, Edinburgh
‘Moving Mountains’ An Ealdhain Arts Trust, Lime Tree Gallery
Royal Scottish Academy Open, Edinburgh
SSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2015 Cameron Contemporary Art, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Jayne Stokes & Lyndsey Redford, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
‘Drawings’ Fidra Fine Art, North Berwick
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

2014 ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London 
Winter Show, Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton 
Affordable Art Fair, London, Cameron Contemporary Art 
‘Inspired’ Macmillan art exhibition Bonhams, Edinburgh.
Longlisted John Moores Painting Prize

2017 SSA Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize
2016 Moidart Trust Landscape Prize / RSA Art in Healthcare award
2012 RGI Crinan Award
1999 South London Press Community Artist Award

Long listed - Stage 2 John Moores Painting Prize, Threadneedle Painting prize
Shortlisted - William Littlejohn Watercolour Prize RSA, Sunday Times Watercolour Prize 2016 & 2015

2017 Awarded Professional Membership of the Society Scottish Artists 

Currently represented by The Open Eye , Fidra Fine Art, Cameron Contemporary Art