ARTIST STATEMENT: 2016
I draw anything that strikes me as beautiful. As an etcher I am particularly drawn to the linear around me, I love the tracery of winter branches against a clear sky, the shape of things against a bright window, or the contrast of textures. But it is light especially, that moves me, the way shadows and highlights mark an image; the way sunlight is captured.
Though largely known these days for images of my home city of Edinburgh, I have done many pictures of plants, flowers and landscape. It is lovely to be invited to this gallery and to be given the opportunity to show some of these other works of mine.
Since my sons have grown and I am able to work full time, I have started to explore the medium more, to try to be more ambitious, more personal in my choices. I have been looking at different ways of adding colour by incorporating collagraph and mono-print techniques and I mean to explore further the possibilities of deep intaglio
I was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1959. Then, in 1966 my family moved to the UK, settling in Edinburgh.
I completed a BA Honours degree in Drawing & Painting from the Edinburgh College of Art in 1981. Most of my degree show images were etchings and I joined Edinburgh Printmakers that summer in order to meet the sales from my show. I have been a member ever since.
For the rest of the decade I worked, first at James Thins Bookshop as a sales assistant and then at the newly re-opened Fruitmarket Gallery as the sales-desk manager. In 1989
I was made redundant so joined the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, which enabled me to set myself up as a professional artist one year later.
I have two sons (b. 1988 & 1994).
Since 1990 I have continued to work as an etcher, exhibiting regularly in and around Edinburgh in solo and group exhibitions and through 3D2D organised Craft Fairs.