I have been a full-time professional artist now since 2015 and although I wish I had had the opportunity to develop my passion for creating art as a young person, I cannot ignore the life-experiences that have formed my present love of landscape and nature. Originally born in North Lanarkshire, I moved away in the mid 1970s to marry and raise my four daughters in Oxfordshire. In 2002 I moved to East Anglia and after a time established myself as an artist in Southwold (Suffolk), only returning to Scotland in 2014.
It has always been the land that has inspired me: the sleepy traditional chocolate-box country villages of the Oxfordshire/Cotswolds area; the huge skies of East Anglia; the drama of glens and mountainous landmass of Scotland. I have been fortunate to have experienced living in all of these places. I currently live in the ‘Wee Red Toon’ of Kirriemuir which is commonly known as ‘The Gateway to the Angus glens’.
Most of my work is in oils or acrylic although I do enjoy using other mediums such as watercolour, pastels and mixed media. My most recent artistic development is print making, particularly wood engraving and wood cut relief printing. Everyday objects spark a creative interest within me and I often paint whatever is around me whether it is a piece of fruit, a few everyday objects or an arrangement of things that have caught my eye. I have now introduced into my portfolio some very affordable original prints and small artworks in the form of greetings cards which can be mounted and framed as a gift. I have also been working on a collection of wooden painted tags and tree ornaments.
Commissions are not currently being accepted due to Covid-19 restrictions. Coronavirus has dominated all of our lives and we are all going through enormous changes in our habits both at home and at work. For the time being I am not offering any workshops, demonstrations or tuition. Neither am I undertaking any commissions at present. All outlets to view and purchase my artwork will be online for the time being.
May you all stay safe and well during these difficult times.