Flowers are the perfect starting point, the paradox of capturing their strong intense colour while describing their delicate transient beauty always provides a challenge. A recent visit to Japan has reawakened a love for the compositional ideals associated with the arts of the ‘Floating World’. My interest lies principally in exploring ideas through colour, light and form.
The discipline of working for years as a freelance botanical artist has ensured I know my flora but I find myself increasingly interested in going beyond realism to explore the expressive possibilities suggested by the subject: from the simplicity of spring’s Icelandic poppies to full blown summer roses – calm and serene with just a touch of melancholy.
Mostly though my flower paintings are full of joy and light, just like a garden should be.
1976-1980 Graduated BA (Hons) Edinburgh College of Art
Moray House, Edinburgh
Full time Professional artist
2006-2009 Associate Lecturer in Art Education, University of West of Scotland
1991-2006 Principal Teacher of Art and Design, Wellington School, Ayr
Higher Art & Design Examiner SQA, Dalkeith
Freelance Botanical Artist
Children’s art workshops
Trained in ceramics and woven tapestry but principally works in watercolour, mixed media and oils.
2010-2011 Elected President of Paisley Art Institute
2007 Elected Vice-President of Paisley Art Institute
1998 Elected Artists Member Paisley Art Institute
2000 Elected Artist member Glasgow Society of Women Artists
2007 Elected Artist member Glasgow Art Club
2008 The Adam Award, Paisley Art Institute
2007 The Glasgow Society of Women Artists Special Award’ 2007
Selected Group Exhibitions:
RSW Annual Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh; PAI Annual Exhibition, Art Gallery and Museum, Paisley; Selected Scottish Artists; St Petersburg, Russia; GSWA Annual Exhibition, Lillie Gallery, Milngavie; Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh; Glasgow Art Fair, John Green Fine Art, Glasgow: RGI Kelly Gallery Glasgow. The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright; Peter Potter Gallery Haddington; Frames Gallery, Perth; Images and Reflections, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr. 6 Ayrshire Artists, MacLauren Gallery, Syr
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries; Octagon, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr
‘Botanical Studies’, Riverside Gallery Coleraine
‘Summer Exhibition’, Tollbooth Gallery Kirkcudbright