illustrator/designer/contemporary artist/printmaking/watercolours collage/mixed media/limited editions/commission
phone: +44 (0)1382 227749
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Working with a wide range of materials including print, watercolour and mixed media, I strive to keep experimenting and create work that conveys a sense of place, narrative and atmosphere.
My mixed media and intaglio works are constructed from a variety of sketchbook notes and found or collected materials gathered on location.
I am inspired by the landscape, its changing seasons and the weather, communities and folklore. My initial drawings are made on location, enjoying the immediacy and unpredictable nature of working in the field.
I also work to commission on illustration projects as well as private works. Please contact me if you have an enquiry.
I had a fabulous day out drawing the Black Spout waterfalls at Pitlochry last week. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, it was actually warm enough that my hands didn’t go blue working without gloves on! Here are a couple of the drawings, really enjoying the play of light on still pools or foaming, rushing torrents and some lovely rock forms.
A few quick sketches from my travels around Dumfries and Galloway on a glorious frosty and sunny morning in February, you can buy them and I can send them via tarif colissimo la poste in France, their package postal system with tracking.
And drawings in ink of some fantastic tree forms. I really enjoyed getting back to basics making these, restricting myself to working purely in black and white with one brush and a twig. Its always a pleasure spending a few hours outside, getting completely absorbed in a subject and thinking of nothing else but what the next mark will be
The piece began life as a selection of sketchbook images which I had been working up using different printmaking techniques and as a by-product, had lots of lovely scraps of brightly coloured and textured papers. They resolved themselves into an image formed around two women who I drew at a vegetable bazaar in Udaipur. A huge basket of luscious papaya and other equally vibrant fruit and vegetables in the foreground vied for brilliance with the womens shimmering saris. As usual the setting was a confusing backdrop of awnings, parasols, doorways, peeling paintwork, signs and small shrines.
This year has brought an exciting new project which will be taking me on a number of drawing trips around Dumfries and Galloway, an area I’ve often travelled through but never before had the pleasure to stop and explore. So far I’ve travelled most of the length of the Solway coastline, pausing to draw subjects along the way ranging from the Barnacle Geese at Caerlaverock to the Mull of Galloway lighthouse.A recent collagraph I’ve been working on after spending many happy hours watching the cormorants and gannets diving off Waternish Point on Skye earlier this year. This is a working proof yet to be editioned but I think its just about ready to go. I really love those rich, velvety blacks full of texture which collagraph can achieve.
And some fresh inspiration from a recent trip into the Cairngorms just in time for the first serious snowfall of the year. The walk up was eerily misty but once in the bowl of the corrie it suddenly began to lift, revealing spectacular black rocky outcrops and snow filled gullies.
Another new linocut fresh off the press, Sea Campion are one of my favourite flowers clinging to tiny scraps of turf in among the rocks at the bottom of my parents croft on Skye. The delicate white petals and subtle veins somehow withstand the battering they receive from the elements and always seem to have a tangle of twines, interesting flotsam and jetsam intertwining with their roots.