Title: Orkney Islands
Size: 53cm x 93.5cm
Medium: Watercolour & Collage on Paper


About the Artist

Artists Statement

“These works are rich with nostalgia, not least in the palette of colours associated with old print – colourised, over-processed and faded by passing decades. Bleached, earthy tones are
streaked with flashes of cadmium red and intense, saturated blues. But this is something more nuanced than a straightforward longing for a simpler age”
Author Jane Alexander 2016

I document the world around me in paint. I think of myself as an explorer.

I don’t always restrict myself to working on a conventional two dimensional canvas surface. Sometimes I will utilise found objects such as old tins and matchboxes. I like to use objects in painting because they have a history, they have been on a journey, they bare the marks of time. They also have a practical purpose as framing devices and containers in which I can assemble miniature painted worlds. Transforming an everyday object into something magical.

I like to work in layers of acrylic and varnish. I often incorporate elements of collage, torn or cut fragments taken from photocopies of personal digital photographs which are embedded in the paint and worked over and manipulated. These fragments are often completely destroyed or obscured by the end of the painting process.

The medium of painting affords the opportunity to add something more than a photograph can provide, such as a heightened sense of place, an atmosphere or insight. A photograph captures a fleeting moment it takes a second to press the button, a painting takes days, weeks, months, years to complete. Painting can express profound insights denied by photography or the digital image.

My most recent series of paintings explore shopfronts and the changing face of the high street. These paintings have sense of nostalgia about them, a theme that I am not afraid to explore in my work. The colours that I have selected to use in this series purposely reflect the past. These are places which are clinging on and barely surviving, they are tired and worn, fading fast, testimonies to austerity, rapidly becoming extinct as the age of online shopping takes hold.


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
2016 'Silent Spaces' 3 person Show, Fidra Fine Art, North Berwick
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

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

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


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


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