I am a graduate of Grays School of Art Aberdeen.
Now based in South West Scotland.
Since graduating in 2013, I have been involved in the interior design aspect of the major renovation works of Saint Johns Church Castle Douglas. During this time I was fortunate enough to be able to use the church building as my studio. Taking full advantage of the size and space I had to work with I decided to take on two 8ft x 8.6ft canvases. It was this painting “Serendipity” that got selected to be hung as part of the RSA New Contemporaries 2013. With the work on the church now complete “Serendipity” is hung proudly on the main left wall.
I have now converted what was once a Boathouse into my studio by the sea, where my work continues to develop.
During my final year at art school it was the discovery and selection of small, handmade objects that had been the starting point for the creation of the body of work I produced for my degree show. Through a process of erasure, certain sections of the image are taken back or removed entirely, while others are brought forward. This process results in images that sit at varying points on a scale between ambiguity and recognition. The Paintings, sometimes in contrast to the objects, are large in scale . This allows me to approach the work in an energetic and expansive manner, which feels intuitive to me. My large paper studies would then go on to develop through the use of colours, textures and positioning. The paintings that would develop from my studies in contrast to the colourful studies would often be more monotone using a range of greys, whites, black and metallic. However i would use the same techniques to explore and create the image in both my studies and final pieces through the use of household paint, wax and varnish laying down surfaces, creating a ground that envelops and embraces my chosen object.
Since graduating the starting point for my work progressed from using handmade or found objects to using objects or places from memory. The techniques I employ when making my paintings often leaves the final work with little or no resemblance to the original subject matter. Through the use of objects and places from my memory a process of distortion has already begun.
My most recent work has had much more of a playful feel to it. Exploring the use of different materials and methods as the starting point, the subject matter being more about the process of making than that of an object. Working on OSB board allows me to build upon an already textured surface with paint and wax. Approaching the work in a more playful manner has also influenced my palette with the colourful tins of paint I would often use for my studies now being used to create the final paintings. Working on a series of smaller sized panels simultaneously allows me to have a large surface area but also the advantage of being able to frequently change the sequence in which I work and display them.