About the Artist
Many of my paintings are based on Historic Architecture, and the images selected are based on Edinburgh Architecture, a subject I constantly find challenging. I love the way light falls around the building, especially evening light; the cool subtle tones create a contrast against the warmth of street or interior building lights. I really enjoy observing the details and patterns from the buildings, simplifying and stylizing them in my paintings. My works are not representational but contain the essence of place, strengthened by an intuitive use of colour. Recently I have begun to draw into the acrylic paint with graphite, defining, yet adding depth and texture to my painting; moving away from earlier work which contained a fixed black ink outline.
My work incorporates traditional and contemporary techniques in glass; from painted, layered, acid etched to waterjet cutting. I’m interested in creating pieces that explore the fragility of glass; working into the surface as well as the edges to expose the vulnerability of the material.
Over the years I have developed a painterly approach to both my painting and glass work, gaining prestigious commissions. I feel that the relationship between my glass and painting continues to strengthen and develop, influencing the mark making in each discipline.
Born 1970, Edinburgh
1988-92 BA (hons), Edinburgh College of Art
1992-93 Postgraduate diploma, Edinburgh College of Art
Career path since college
I have been self-employed artist since leaving College, working on painting and stained glass commissions, exhibitions and competitions.
2018 Anita Pate and I won the Alan Poole Award for our piece called “ Depth” Exhibited at the SGS and CGS Glorious Glass exhibition, Trades House Glasgow.
2012 The Turcan Connell prize at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW)
2012/10/09 East Lothian Craft Makers Awards in association with the Creative Scotland.
2009 Scottish Arts Council funding to attend Northlands Master class with Therman Statom
2004 The Cuthbert New Young Artist Award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. (RGI)
2002 Scottish Arts Council funding to attend Northlands Master class with Adrian Wiszniewski and Gerhard Ribka
Solo/ Group Exhibitions (glass and painting)
2016 Three person show at the Doubtfire Gallery in Edinburgh (April)
2013 ‘Journeys’ with Carol Sinclair Peter Potter Gallery, East Lothian
2011 ‘Fleeting shadows, bright sunshine’ RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow (solo)
2002 ‘Into the light’ The Steading Gallery, Dumfries & Galloway (solo)
Selected Society Exhibitions (painting) include:
The Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Society of Scottish Artists, The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.
Stained Glass Commissions/Competitions
2016 Centenary stained glass panel for Dalkeith High School, Mid Lothian
2014 Christmas Truce panel Loretto school chapel, East Lothian
2011 Diamond jubilee Window to celebrate the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Southwark Cathedral, London (shortlisted)
2010 The new Royal Hospital for the Sick Children, Edinburgh. Glass work for a Spiritual Place situated within building (shortlisted)
2008 Layered glass installation for Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh
2008 Two stained glass windows for Dunbeath Heritage Centre, Caithness
2007 Patrick Geddes Memorial stained glass panel, Edinburgh City Council Headquarter. Won competition from twelve invited glass artists
2004 Two Stained glass windows for the Chapel of San Nazzario, Italy.
2001 Millennium window for Longniddry Parish Church, East Lothian.
2000 Stained glass panels, Andrew Melville hall, St Andrews University
2015 ‘Postcards’ exhibition with the Contemporary Glass Society at the international Festival of glass, Stourbridge, West Midlands
2014-15 ‘Harmony’ international selected stained glass artists to celebrate the life of Dylan Thomas. Water front Museum, Swansea and Ely Cathedral
2013 Glass skills exhibition- invited glass artist online exhibition with the CGS
2013 ‘Grow’ international selected contemporary glass exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
2013 East Lothian Craft Makers Awards – A Retrospective Exhibition
2012 CGS Medallions exhibition at the International Festival of Glass
2012 ‘Games’ selected glass exhibition at Waterfront Museum, Swansea, organised by Metropolitan University and BSMGP.
2011 ‘Unite’ Collins Gallery Glasgow, selected craftscotland members.
10/08 British Glass Biennale, selected exhibition, Ruskin glass centre, Stourbridge.
2010 Remarkable glass, CAA, London, 30 selected European glass artists.
2009 Scottish Glass Society 30years ‘Migrate’ touring show to Highland Galleries and Broadfield Glass Museum, Stourbridge, West Midlands
2014 Essay contribution “The Patrick Geddes Memorial Panel” and stained glass image used on cover for book titled 'Learning with the Lasses: Women of the Patrick Geddes Circle'.
2013 Edinburgh city Guide by Joanne Soroka. Image of glass used
2011 Stylish Living magazine August issue, The Herald
2010 Remarkable Glass exhibition review in Crafts Arts International Magazine issue no 80. (Mentioned in article)
2010 Patrick Geddes Commemorative lecture (image used)
2010 British Glass Biennale Catalogue (selected British glass artist)
2009 Scottish Planner Journal of the RTPI in Scotland (image used)
2009 Caithness explorer Magazine (image of stained glass from Dunbeath)
2009 Migrate Catalogue (selected Scottish glass artist)
2008 British Glass Biennale Catalogue (selected British glass artist)
2007 The Scotsman/The Herald, Window of opportunity 16/2
Societies and Memberships
2008 Elected Professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists
2008 Elected Associate member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters
2013-2016 Chair of the Scottish Glass Society
Art in Healthcare, Scotland
East Lothian Council Arts Collection