. . . so here’s a little of my own work. I love landscapes – they’re my kind of thing!!
I love making, painting and really adore textiles too.
I am a painter with a passion for remote and vast open spaces. Horizon lines, colour, marks and patterns in the landscape have long been a fascination. Drawn to the visual tensions that arise when sky meets sea meets land, I translates these experiences into bold, striking and abstract depictions of a place.
I draw inspiration from the Scottish landscape – my artwork is dominated by vast sandy white beaches, deep blue horizons and dramatic mountain ridges which stretch along the West Coast of Scotland. I have notated journeys from Findhorn to Gairloch, and throughout the ever-changing Angus countryside – from the Glens to St Cyrus and Lunan Bay, along the Fife coastline and everywhere in between!
Armed with a knowledge of the physical geography of the landscape, a geekish interest in maps and cloud formation, and a desire to explore and breathe in the intoxicating wilderness air – my paintings are a contemplation of a place, much like a meditation or a daydream.
I primarily produces mixed media paintings – I play with textures, patterns, colours and layers and loves the idea of creating hidden layers in her paintings, with just a hint of what lies beneath – in the same way the geology of the land does to the knowing observer.
I have undertaken private commissions, projects and received a number of awards. She has artworks in private collections across the world – including America, Australia, France and Switzerland, throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Originally I trained as a tapestry weaver in the Constructed Textiles Department at Duncan of Jordanstone Colege of Art & Design. A lot of my paintings used to end up as a designs for my tapestries. But these days I prefer to paint in its own right. . . When I did weave, my tapestry weavings were painstakingly detailed and precious in nature, some of the tapestries are jewel-like in size and as rich in their colourful palette. Also taking inspiration from the Scottish landscape, these snapshots offer a tiny glimpse into the journeys and adventures I have undertaken during the years I have lived in my adoptive country. Choosing to capture moments in miniature tapestry is a deliberate creative act. Weaving tapestries is a slow process which allows for moments of contemplation, whilst at the same time attempting to capture the transitional nature of an ever-changing landscape, continuously altered by shifts in light and the passing of seasons.
I have also been known to produce textile pieces which aim to capture the ‘other’ aspects of her life – being a Mummy to 3 girls as well as running creative workshops for many other little folk. Their funny, imaginative and curious souls amaze me everyday with their individuality and huge capacity for creativity. The appliqué and paper pieces I produce in response to this have a more fun, playful feel about them and have been extremely popular in the many pop-up events I have taken part in. At the moment though my main passion is painting and for now I have put away my sewing machine and threads while I focus on developing my paintings and being a fine artist!!!
Take a look at the gallery: there are paintings on canvas, mini canvas, paintings on paper, appliqué designs and paper birds and tapestry weavings too! And you can find details about my exhibitions and awards here.
I’m hoping to get an Etsy shop set up soon, but if you see anything you like here, please get in touch. I do lots of local pop-up events and you can find my work in a few gallery/shops. Just ask for details, thanks!