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 couple of years 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 juried exhibitions including the RSA and SSA in Edinburgh, the RGI in Glasgow, and the Pastel Society in London.
In 2021 and 2022 my work has also been 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, Canada and the US.
The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling.
The Meffan Art Gallery, Forfar
Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize, The Meffan, Christmas 2022.