Scottish visual artist, illustrator and printmaker juggling motherhood, studio practice, collaborative work, commissions, and never-ending housework J . I have a little home studio area which has been invaded on several previous occasions by wasps!
In 1992 I graduated from the
For five years now, I have been keeping daily visual diaries which I post on Facebook and Instagram. My personal work is mostly figurative, mostly monochrome, mostly mixed media, but usually always accidental. By that I mean I do not plan my drawings. I prefer to let my characters evolve out of my tired subconscious, and I never know what will appear on the page. I normally start with the face and work outwards from that, to see where it will take me. I love seeing new narrative characters emerge, some of which are human/ animal/ insect hybrids. While my drawings are random and accidental, the key focus for me is using line to express state of mind and body language (some of my drawings have been described as melancholy). In addition, I sometimes use colour to symbolise emotions and fragility. My drawings are also based on my collective observations of people and the natural world all around me (my long walks can be a wonderful source of inspiration), or are derived from my emotional memories, past and present. I sometimes also like to experiment with sequential visual narratives and I enjoy the challenges of conveying the story through drawings, mood and colour, without words. I am equally fascinated by the atmospheric sense of place associated with older buildings, and their echoes of past lives. I take a similar approach to my commissions – I look for the emotional and narrative connections and layer these through my work as it evolves to the finished stage.
I am a member of and work with a wonderful
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