I was born in Edinburgh and spent my childhood years in Scotland before moving to London to study at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. I left the UK after completing the foundation course to travel overseas and ended up settling in Sydney, Australia.
I completed a BA Hons (first class) in painting at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney under the supervision of Associate professor Brad Buckley. This dynamic, studio based art school offered an exciting curriculum of art history and theory merged with an undergraduate visual arts program. Over a period of the next few years my work was exhibited widely throughout Sydney and other major Australian cities before I returned to the college having won an Australian Post Graduate Award to study a Master of Fine Arts over two years full-time.
In 1999 I embarked on a six month exchange program at Glasgow School of Art on the MFA program under the supervision of Sam Ainslie and decided in 2000 to leave Australia and return to my Scottish roots to pursue a career as an artist in Scotland. I continue to live and work in Scotland.
My work is concerned with the passing of time, loss, nostalgia and memory. I have from a young age been drawn to the metaphoric qualities which objects embody and the many ways in which as an artist I can create meaning through their re -presentation. The work shown on this site embraces a historical overview of a wide range of visual art disciplines which I have been drawn to ranging from abstract painting through to installation-based work. Over my career I have worked with a multitude of materials alongside paint. (Blu tak, plaster of Paris, modelling paste, ball bearings, inflatable objects) The thinking behind my early work produced a decade of ‘site specific’ installations.
I am passionate about painting, drawing and visual art at large. Through the use of both traditional art materials or mass produced objects I can wrestle with my ideas and thoughts connected to a place, object, motif or historical moment in order to try and make sense of my world. For me art is something that I do, I think about, I study and I find deep interest in.
I am a multi disciplinary artist with historic roots in painting. I have for many years been drawn to the myriad of ways that metaphor plays out in my readings and understanding of the world in which I inhabit. I am currently influenced by a New Materialist school of thought which celebrates the ‘vibrancy’ of all matter both animate and inanimate without hierarchy. This challenges the Western Cartesian model of I think therefore I am and allows a multiplicity of meanings to be generated by the power of materials in and of themselves. The images of my work reflect my interest in materials and finding meaning through the power of metaphor whether through an exploded North Sea Oil Well head, armour pierced metals for Ministry of Defence trials or a sleeping bag punctured around the hood area with sharp, metal panel pins
I am currently studying a Masters of Fine Arts in arts and humanities at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. I have a studio at Wasps Perth Creative Exchange.
Photography Credit: Shaun Ward