After studying and working as an architect, I am now exploring my interest in the forms of architecture and the environment through on-site sketching and photography before developing my ideas in drawing, painting, printmaking and artist bookmaking in the studio. I enjoy expressing my ideas in these ways because they give me a more immediate way of achieving completed works than does the often long process of realisation through architectural practice.
My main sources of inspiration come from design in the first half of the 20C, in particular the work of Le Corbusier and Matisse. I enjoy their bold forms and exuberant colour.
My recent work has focussed on the joy and colour of natural forms, the beach and harbour side huts, and anything to do with the sea and seaside. I have also been examining the nature of the city.
I studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, where I also taught for 20 years after a period in architectural practice. I am now achieving my long term dream of working as an artist in various media and exhibiting in a range of exhibitions and artist book fairs.
I live and work in Edinburgh and am a member of the Artist Book Group in Edinburgh and Edinburgh Printmakers.
Recent Exhibitions include:
Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibition, University of Stirling, 2015;
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2015;
Artist Books, Riverside Gallery, Richmond, London, 2014/2015;
Books on Tyne, The Newcastle Book Festival, 2014;
North Bound, Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, 2014;
Vault 4, Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh, 2014;
bound:unbound, McNaughtan's Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013;
4th Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize Exhibition 2013;
Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Annual Exhibition, 2012 and 2013.
3 Harbours Arts Festival, Cockenzie Power Station, Cockenzie, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Group exhibition ‘Paper Page Process, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh 2012. (Reviewed ‘The Scotsman’ 1March 2012.)
Edinburgh Printmakers at the Scottish Arts Club 2012.
Feral Landscape, Edinburgh Printmakers 2012;Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, 2011.
Group exhibition ‘Paint Print Page’ McNaughtan’s Gallery, Edinburgh 2011.
Artist books are in the collections of Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh City Libraries Fine Art Library and The Scottish Poetry Library.