Working in soft pastel, I create meditative still lifes and impressionist landscapes.
In my landscape works, I attempt to capture the Scottish light in all seasons, and to convey the fleeting spirit of the ever-changing mood.
In my still lifes I depict well-loved objects and simple glass shapes, in muted interior daylight.
A new experiment for me over the past year has been to start very dark, and then slowly to create an imagined shape, to see what emerges into the light.
Although art was a favourite subject at school, I was encouraged to take a more ‘academic’ route, studying English at Edinburgh University and working for twenty years as a librarian and researcher, as well as raising three boys.
Around fifteen years ago, I began
attending evening classes, and then started to exhibit with others. After a continuing education course at Glasgow School of Art, I progressed to a full time drawing course at Leith School of Art (2012-13).
I work from my small garden studio at home in Bridge of Allan, exhibit regularly, and have had work chosen for several annual exhibitions including the RSA and SSA in Edinburgh, the RGI in Glasgow, and the Pastel Society in London. In 2021 one of my still lifes was selected for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London.
My work is held in private collections throughout the UK, and also in Germany, Switzerland and Canada.
The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling.