Studied at Edinburgh College of Art.
Taught Embroidery and Fabric Collage. Returned to painting after having a
farnily. Now paints full time.
Solo exhibitions at: Stenton Gallery, East Lothian. Castlegate House Gallery,
Mixed exhibitions at: Chatton Gallery, Northumberland. The Strathearn Gallery,
Paintings in many private collections.
|I was born and brought up in
Selkirk and I have lived in Berwickshire for over twenty years so the Borders
is very much my home country. I love to explore its network of tiny roads,
sketching and taking photographs, but my paintings are done at home in the
studio from an accumulation and absorption of memories, lighting, moods and
colours. My approach to painting is intuitive and the outcomes unpremeditated,
my goal being to capture the essence of the subject and my emotional response
to it. Working mainly in watercolour with the addition sometimes of pastels my
inspiration comes from nature but not as a transcription. I also enjoy
exploring new areas, and the landscapes of France, particularly Provence, have
been another great source of inspiration over the years with the extraordinary
lighting and colours there helping to refresh my palette. This is reinforced by
my ever increasing interest in gardening which gives me a wonderful contrast of
subject matter and helps to ensure I always approach my paintings with a fresh