Title: The Elephant in the Room
Size: 6 x 4 inches
Medium: Etching Edition of 30 (Unframed)


About the Artist

I was born, brought up, and educated in Paisley, after which I had the great good fortune to study at Glasgow School of Art and Hospitalfield.

Since graduating, (all those years ago) I have lived and worked in Glasgow, and exhibited widely, mostly in the UK. My work has always been figurative, and whatever form it takes, there is generally an element of portraiture involved. I also have a particular interest in theatre, in its broadest sense, and have made fascinating forays into the worlds of dance and opera.


1954 -             Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire

1971-76 -       Studied at Glasgow School of Art and Hospitalfield

Awarded Diploma and Post Diploma Certificate

(Highly Commended) in Drawing and Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2015 -             Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh ‘Relative Values’

2012 -             Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh   'A Portrait of Scottish Opera'

2010 -             Thompson's Marylebone, London

2009 -             Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2007 -             Thompson's Marylebone, London

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, 'A Pie, a Pointe and a Portrait'

Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow

2005 -             Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow, 'A Portrait of             Scottish Ballet'

1994 -             Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

1993 -             Ancrum Gallery, Roxburghshire

1989 -             MacAulay Gallery, Stenton

Paisley Art Gallery

1988 -             Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1986 -             Sue Rankin Gallery, London

1981-82 -       Drawings, Paintings and Surprises', A Touring Exhibition: Glasgow, Collins Exhibition Hall, Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre, Aberdeen, Artspace

1978 -             Glasgow School of Art - Cargill Scholarship Exhibition


2017 -             Winner, Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art

2015 -             Derwent Award, Paisley Art Institute

2011 -             Walter Scott Purchase Prize, RGI, Glasgow

Crinan Residency Award, RGI, Glasgow

Contemporary Fine Art Eton Award, Paisley Art Institute

John Green Prize, Paisley Art Institute

2010 -             Millers' Creativity Award, Paisley Art Institute

RSW Residency, Garyvard, Lewis

2009 -             RSW Hospitalfield Residency

2008 -             The Small Painting Prize, Paisley Art Institute

2007-              Alexander Graham Munro Award, RSW

2006 -             Cyril Gerber Fine Art Award, Paisley Art Institute

2005 -             1st Prize, Scottish Drawing Competition

Awarded Diploma of the Paisley Art Institute

David Cargill Award, RGI

Strathearn Gallery Award, RGI

2003 -             Cyril Gerber Award, Paisley Art Institute

Millers Art Prize, Paisley Art Institute

Garrick/Milne Competition Exhibition - Commissioning Prize: Portrait of David Suchet (for Garrick Club)

Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries London - Regional Prize

2000 -             1st Prize, Scottish Drawing Competition

1997 -             1st Prize, Scottish Drawing Competition

Elected RSW

1995 -              John Green Prize, Paisley Art Institute

1991 -              Paisley Art Institute Award, Scottish Drawing Competition

1988 -              John Murray Thomson Award, Royal Scottish Academy

1984 -              Elected member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI)

1980 -              Lady Artists' Club Trust Award

1979 -              Lauder Award, Glasgow Society of Women Artists

1977 -              Torrance Award, RGI

1976-77 -        Cargill Travelling Scholarship to Colonsay and Italy

1976 -              Postgraduate Studies, GSA

John and Mabel Craig Award

1975 -              Travelling Scholarship (Italy and Yugoslavia)

W.O. Hutcheson Prize for Drawing

1974 -              Robert Hart Bursary and Governors' Prize, Hospitalfield