Much of my focus centres on the overlooked. I live alongside the wild where I form my work, questioning the way we regard the natural world.
My work is drawing-based, primarily in charcoal and pastel (effectively dust), sometimes fluid mediums of watercolour and ink, spilling over into monotype. It is a physical way of working, attuned to the seasons and the senses. Complexity, energy and profusion in the natural world summon my attention through encounter—particularly with plants—and prompt correspondence. My drawings carry spontaneity and vitality, stemming from active observation and close listening. My printmaking brings bursts of joyous colour.
In 1993, after leaving a successful career in film, I studied Landscape Architecture then went on to form my own small landscape design business. Plants have held deep significance to me lifelong; work as a professional gardener formed the grounding backdrop to much of my creative life. From 2012, I began to exhibit my own work, showing drawings in Berlin and throughout Scotland. My work has attracted many bursaries and awards and I'm grateful for the support of Creative Scotland, Fallago Environmental Fund, the Southern Upland Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund. I was Connecting Threads artist-in-residence 2021 and exhibited a selection of work in 'The Natural Eye', The Mall Galleries, London in Autumn 2022.
My work can be found in private collections across Europe, North America and Australia.
I work from my studio in the hills of the Scottish Borders, south of Edinburgh, giving workshops and running courses in experimental drawing.