Scottish artist & illustrator with a love of visual narrative. My drawings, illustrations and prints evolve organically and intuitively from imagination, memories, observation and inspiration.
When starting a new piece of work, I usually start with the face and work outwards from that, to see where it takes me. It can be greatly satisfying seeing new characters emerge and watch a narrative unfold. Equally, I am inspired by random objects or materials, either found or bought, or sent to me, which I incorporate into my work, creating new narratives based on their history.
My studio time is currently limited due to the birth of my son in summer 2014, but I'm still managing to draw every day!
SELECTED PARTICIPANT IN THE SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST ILLUSTRATION LAB FEBRUARY 2014
RECIPIENT OF ACCESSART STAR AWARD SEPTEMBER 2013
"The AccessArt Star is given out to people working at grassroots level who we feel have demonstrated particular commitment, enthusiasm or motivation in inspiring others through visual arts education." AccessArt, September 2013
ACCESSART TUTOR JULY 2013
One of 7 specially selected AccessArt member-tutors for July 2013 for its Focus On Drawing project.
ACCESSART RESOURCE CONTRIBUTION 2013
December 2012- January 2013
Collaboration with artist Andrea Butler to produce resource material for Access Art about our respective visual diaries http://www.accessart.org.uk/?p=13725
December 2012 - January 2013
Produced resource material for Access Art about eraser printmaking: http://www.accessart.org.uk/?p=13804
1993 - 1994 AMTIS (The Arts Management Training Initiative Scotland) postgraduate training programme incorporating courses/work placements (including one at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh)
1987-1992 Edinburgh University & Edinburgh College of Art, MA (Hons) Fine Art
Weekly art classes run by Edinburgh artist Claudia Petretti
Book tree bookbinding workshop run by Edinburgh illustrator Lucy Roscoe of The Book Tree Press
Created cement drawings in preschool nursery garden, Edinburgh
Designed logo for local playgroup, Edinburgh
Craft House Concept Autumn Leaf exhibition, Edinburgh
1996 – 2007
Regrettably a big gap here due to employment in the arts sector! Followed by birth of my daughter in late 2007.
Awarded certificate of merit for entry in ‘A Day in the Life of Scotland’ Photographic Competition organised by The Scotsman and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in association with the exhibition “Light From the Dark Room” at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Christmas Watercolour Exhibition, ESU Scotland, Edinburgh
CD2 Show, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Group Exhibition, Harestanes Visitors’ Centre, Jedburgh
Solo Exhibition, Helensburgh Music Society October concert, Helensburgh
Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art
RSA Students’ Exhibition
Work in private collections in Scotland