Artist

I studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. I work in oils, mixed media, ceramics and printmaking. My work is predominantly figurative, the figures taken from life, adapted and placed in imagined settings. Influenced by the landscape of my childhood, spent on the east coast of Scotland, the sea, sky, birds, the sun and the moon rising over the water are motifs that often occur in my art. Early on, I became interested in twin images and reflections, and the idea of the imaginary masks we all wear in our different identities and roles in life.

I work by choosing a theme, memory or idea, often using observational drawings as a starting point. Then I experiment with different media to get the effect or result I want. For example, walking trips in Spain yielded a series of black and white drawings that I later reworked as lithographs, and visits to Paris have produced colourful genre work – beggars, street artists, and smokers perched on the steps of the Bon Marche department store. I love working with bright colour and my ceramic work tends to be decorative and bold in design. Whether it be a canvas, an etching plate, a piece of clay, I see it as a surface on which to inscribe a seductive image.