Drawing is of the utmost importance to my studio work – it is a means of investigation,
a process of responding and reacting to landscape. I make what I call ‘travel drawings’;
I draw on the move, usually through the countryside where the natural environment
spurs a work that suits my artistic style (free-flowing, fluid mark-making).
Due to the nature of my research, my investigative sketches tend to be small sized
and executed in pencil. However, I find I can easily translate them into works of
various dimension and media. My large, abstract and expressive paintings imply space
and relate to my source material – open vistas of sweeping landscapes from the vantage
point of a train window, for example. My smaller constructions incorporate ‘found
All my work, to varying degrees, involves the layering process. This relates back
to my initial drawings, which superimpose scene upon scene. My work is a visual record
of movement, activity and energy.
excursions. All my work, to varying degrees, involves the layering process, relating
back to my initial drawings, which superimpose scene upon scene. Every single drawing,
and hence my ‘finished’ pieces, trace movement, activity and energy.
I gained an MA (Hons) Fine Art degree from Edinburgh University in 2005. During my
studies, I won the Daler-Rowney award and the Royal Scottish Academy’s Linda Clark
Nolan award. I have exhibited in Canada, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Chester
and have undertaken many commissions, most notably for Vauxhall and Sainsbury’s.