I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee with an honours degree in Illustration & Printmaking in 1990. For over ten years I worked as a Freelance Illustrator, completing commissions for publishers such as Scholastic, Oxford University Press, Orchard etc. I also have illustration experience in commercial advertising for national companies as well as Public Art Commissions.
In recent years I have exhibited my work at the following galleries and institutions:-
• The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art
• Fotheringham Gallery, Dunblane
• Smithy Gallery, Blanefield
• Orchar Gallery, Dundee
• By Distinction Art, Glasgow
• 516 Gallery, Glasgow
• Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh
• Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh
• Ballater Gallery, Ballater
• Frames Gallery, Perth
Combining fine art painting with teaching art & design, I have recently relocated to my Wasps studio in Perth, although previously I was located in the Carse of Gowrie, rural Perthshire. Working with oil paints and watercolours, my artwork reflected the surroundings in which I lived. I take inspiration from the diverse local wildlife and enjoy creating representational depictions of the fox, hare, mice & bird life. Having lived for many years in an agricultural community, I also paint the many different breeds of sheep and cattle found in this area, and enjoy capturing their unique characters, using fine detail, manipulating the paint to achieve each ‘portrait’. Dog breeds also feature frequently in my work and I have enjoyed elevating ‘man’s best friend’ to fine art status. Still life & portraiture also form part of my extensive portfolio of art, and many of these are held in private collections.
Whether I’m painting a large prize bull or a tiny field mouse I always endeavour to capture the essence of the subject in fine detail utilising my own unique style. Working from Wasps I hope that this will be an opportunity to explore new directions and I intend to dedicate some of my time to experimenting with a more narrative style that makes use of my background in illustration.