My working method begins with walking and noticing. I make sketches and take photographs and notes, paying attention to the geology, flora, fauna and effects of weather as I walk, The time I spend outdoors immersed in the landscape is just as important as time spent in the studio.
I enjoy the physical contact of pigment on the support, working in mixed media on watercolour paper, wood panel, maps, bookcovers and collaged surfaces. This keeps my work evolving, it's a gradual process of experimenting and refining.
I am Scottish but have lived in the Lake District since 2015. I live in a small village by an estuary so I'm fortunate to be close to both the sea and the fells. I also travel back to Scotland regularly to explore the Highlands and Islands and gather material for new paintings.
In 2022/23 I took a year long mentoring course (TURPS CC), to support development in my painting practice. I have a BA in Fine Art (2006) and have exhibited my work in galleries throughout the UK. I have also shown at Affordable Art Fairs in New York, Edinburgh and Glasgow. I was artist in residence 2013/14 at the Highland Wildlife Park (Operated by the Zoological Society of Scotland) and artist in residence for the North York Moors National Park (Mirror Images Project) 2014/15.
A selection of original paintings, limited edition prints and cards are available direct from the studio in the shop section. You can find me on social media and learn more about my art practice by following me there.