About Me

STATEMENT

'I am essentially a landscape artist, although probably not in the traditional sense. I work in mixed media and my aim is to explore and document our relationship with the environment. The starting point for most of my pieces is a journey. This could be a short walk, a car journey or a trip further afield. My preferred subject is the Scottish landscape; I have lived in Scotland for over 15 years and I never tire of exploring those places around me. While I was at Art School I documented the journeys I made by firstly collecting found objects, taking photographs and sketching. This process of research informed the production of larger three dimensional pieces, installations and paintings. My practice has continued in this way and is what informs the development of my work. I don’t always work on a conventional two dimensional surface and I like to incorporate the use of old tins, ceramic fragments and matchboxes within my work. The objects I utilise have a history of their own, having been on a journey themselves after time spent in someone’s pocket, on a shelf or in the sea.These objects are also used as framing devices to contain and sometimes magnify the subject matter. I like the fact that these objects have been remade, recycled and repurposed. My work can be small scale but multiple images are sometimes combined to create larger pieces. My aim is draw the viewer in, encouraging their involvement in, and deeper scrutiny of, the work and its themes'

 

CV

Education

1997 - 1998 Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, MA European Fine Art

1992 - 1996 Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting First Class

Solo Exhibitions

2021 ‘Outside-In’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2018 ‘Out There’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2014 ‘A Different Light’ RGI Award, Glasgow

2011 Passing Places, Howden Arts Centre, Livingston

1998 ‘Unearthed’ Grizedale Sculpture Park

Recent Group Exhibitions
2021 Scottish Drawing Competition, Artspace37, Paisley

'All Summer Long' Fidra Fine Art, Gullane

RSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

The Sunday Times Watercolour Prize, The Willis Museum

2020 'On a Small Scale' The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 'Festival Spirit: Selected Artists'

Paisley Art Institute 132 Annual online
'Land and Sea' Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
SSA/VAS Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2019 SSA/VAS Open

RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
'Utopia, What's Yours' SSA members, Gracefield Arts Centre
The Westmorland Landscape Prize, Rheged Centre, Penrith
Mixed Summer Exhibition Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London

Awards

2021 VACMA Creative Scotland Artists Bursary award

2020 The Jane Gardiner Prize, Paisley Art Institute
2019 RSA Edinburgh Art Shop Prize
2019 Final Shortlisted Artist The Wesmorland Landscape Prize

2017 SSA Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize
2016 Moidart Trust Landscape Prize / RSA Art in Healthcare award
2012 Royal Glasgow Institute Crinan Award
2000 South London Press – Community artist award, Tate gallery, London

Artists Membership 

Elected Professional Member Society of Scottish Artists
Corporate collections 

Aberdeen Asset management
Public Collections 

Tate Gallery Archive - Bankside Browser

BBC Your Paintings website - Paintings in public ownership

Edinburgh College of Art

Grizedale Arts

Art in Healthcare

Work In Private Collections

Scotland, Spain, USA, London, Germany

Gallery Representation

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 

Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton

Fidra Fine Art, Gullane

Tatha Gallery, Dundee