About the Artist
I quite often start with a drawn or painted sketch in the location. This is backed up with photos, and the combination of both is useful when I come to draw the image onto the metal plate. Inking up the metal plate can take up to half an hour, longer if it involves more than one colour or is a print using two plates. As each plate is inked up by hand, the prints can vary slightly. It is always quite exciting rolling the plate through the press and then lifting the print off the plate to see the mirror image.
I sometimes enjoy leaving an early proof of the print in the environment for some time near the subject matter allowing nature and the elements to create their marks.
In October 2020, during the easing of Covid restrictions, I took my first proof of ‘Buachaille Etive Mor' and climbed up the Lost Valley in Glencoe where I left it under rocks and stones. I intend to return and collect what is left and see the impact of several years of weather and possibly wildlife on the image. A true reflection of the passage of time.
2019 Degree Show DJCAD
2020 Brechin Townhouse Museum
Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Royal Glasgow Institute
Visual Arts Scotland
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
Edinburgh Drawing School
The Braemar Gallery
Castle Gallery Inverness
Hulabhaig Gallery, Skye
Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh
Frames Gallery Perth
Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy
Rosangle Art Gallery, Dundee, as part of
‘Impact 8’ International Printmaking Conference
Edinburgh Art Fair
City Art Centre, Edinburgh
PRIZES & AWARDS
2022 An Talla Solais Award RSA
2021 W.Gordon Smith and Jay Gordon Smith Award RSA
2021 Art in Healthcare Award RSA
2021 Roy Wood Prize for printmaking RSA
2019 Graduate Exhibition Award AngusAlive
2014 Art in Healthcare Award RSA
Since August 2021 I have been Artist in Residence for the Manx Beauty Project, Cellardyke, which is a community initiative to restore the fishing boat ‘Manx Beauty'.