Title: Frozen Ground
Size: 27cm x 32cm
Medium: Acrylic, Collage & Whisky Tin on Canvas Board

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About the Artist


Artists Statement

'My work aims to show the passage of time across the landscape and to explore our relationship with it. At art school I documented the journeys I made in the form of photographs, sketches and collections of found materials. That practice has continued and developed since then; and this is essentially what informs my work and ideas. While my paintings and mixed media pieces are often devoid of people, typically they show traces of human intervention.  This might be manmade structures such as houses and fences or, less explicitly, the aggregate effect that human existence has had on the environment.

There are number of reasons why I choose to work in mixed media.  Firstly, when I incorporate found objects they tell me something about the landscape, akin to when an archaeologist unearths a relic.  A piece of stone, sand, earth or bark can all be spark a memory or help to provide a sense of place. Multiple layers and textures often feature and this helps me to capture the essence of the place, more fully than a photograph can. As part of that, individual paintings are sometimes shaped by burning the edges of the paper to emulate the landscape; and this also emphasises the sense of the pieces being relics or a series of artifacts. I like to work on a small scale but with multiple images because I feel that this draws the viewer in, encouraging their involvement with, and scrutiny of the piece. So, I will often use media such as old matchboxes and tins as framing devices to contain and magnify the artwork.  In addition, each one of these objects has its own history and has arrived with me following a journey in someones pocket or after time spent on someones shelf.

The environment and sustainablity are important issues to me personally and increasingly something that none of us can ignore.  This also feeds into my use of mixed media. My work is rarely made only from virgin materials. It comes from things that are remade or recyled, or changed and repurposed. That is as important to the work as the messages and stories about the places I visit and document.  I hope to remind people of the importance of stopping and appreciating what is around us'

Education

1997 - 1998 Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, MA European Fine Art
1992 - 1996 Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 ‘A Different Light’ RGI Award Exhibition, Crinan Hotel
2011 PassingPlaces Howden Arts Centre, Livingston
1999 ‘Mortlake’ Southill Park, Bracknell
‘Uncommon Objects’ Wandsworth Museum, London
1998 ‘Inhabit’ Panorama Space, Barra De Ferro, Barcelona
1997 ‘Unearthed’ Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park

Group Exhibitions

2020 SSA/VAS Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2019 RSA Annual Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
'Utopia, What's Yours' SSA members, Gracefield Arts Centre
The Westmorland Landscape Prize, Rheged Centre, Penrith
Mixed Summer Exhibition Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London
'Winter Show' Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton

2018 SSA Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Galerie Artacasa, Amsterdam
'Winter' Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
'Even More Alchemy' Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay
Royal Society Watercolourists, RSA, Edinburgh
Society Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, RSA Edinburgh
'Sunday Times Watercolour Prize' Mall Galleries, London
RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy
'New Beginnings' Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
SSA/VAS Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Invited artist Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh

2017 National Open Art Exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
Invited artist Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh
'Collective' Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick
'Festival' Mixed Show Cameron Contemporary Art
'Drawing & Etching' Fidra Fine Art

2016 ‘Sunday Times Watercolour Prize’ Mall Galleries, London
‘Small Wonders’ Fringe by the Sea open studio, North Berwick
Art in healthcare - Annual Fundraiser, Gayfield Creative Space, Edinburgh
‘Moving Mountains’ An Ealdhain Arts Trust,
Lime Tree Gallery RSA Open, Edinburgh
SSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
'Silent Spaces' 3 person Show, Fidra Fine Art, North Berwick

2015 Cameron Contemporary Art, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Jayne Stokes & Lyndsey Redford, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
‘Drawings’ Fidra Fine Art, North Berwick
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London
Macmillan Art Exhibition , Bonhams, Edinburgh

2014 ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
Winter Show, Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Affordable Art Fair, London, Cameron Contemporary Art
‘Inspired’ Macmillan art exhibition Bonhams, Edinburgh
‘100’ Invited artist, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
Longlisted stage 2 John Moore’s Painting Prize

Corporate & Private Collections

Aberdeen Asset Management Public Collections Art In Healthcare, Grizedale
Arts. BBC Your Paintings Edinburgh College of Art Collection, Dr Challoners Secondary School

Awards

2017 Awarded Professional Membership of the Society Scottish Artists
2017 SSA Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize
2016 Moidart Trust Award
2016 Art in Healthcare Prize, RSA
2012 The Crinan Residency, RGi
2000 South London Press, Community Artist Award
1997 Grizedale Art Residency Award

Publications

2014 ING Discerning Eye
2013 Artists & illustrators March edition featured contributor
2012 Who's Who In Art ISBN 978 0 9536039
1999 New Contemporaries ISBN 9780951555682