The Return of Grace
Title: The Return of Grace
Size: 30cm x 38cm
Medium: Oil on Gesso Panel

Price: £1975

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About the Artist

Artist Statement

In my artwork, I create connections. I use distortion, metaphor and symbolism in a context free from chronological time and precise place. I intertwine memories of personal events with contemporary issues, family legends, cultural myths and religious fables.
Objects, colour and scale are employed for symbolic reasons. I aim for an attention that children have for the world, before ritual and maturity strips life of its daily magic.
The resulting images display theatrical characters on stage-like sets, inviting open narratives and subjective interpretations. They help me make sense of the world.


1973-1977 Glasgow School of Art - Diploma Art
1977-1978 Awarded Post Graduate Studies - Commended
1978-1979 St Andrews College of Education - Dip Ed

Work Experience

1979 - Teaching Art and Design
1980 - Illustrated teenage, social education publication - Harper Collins
1986-2007 - Job-share post Art and Design
In 1990’s held post Acting Principal Teacher, SQA marker and moderator.
2001 - Teacher placement, Auld Kirk Museum Kirkintilloch
2002-2004 - Cultural Coordinator in East Dunbartonshire.
2005 - Curated ‘Making Connections’ Exhibition, Auld Kirk Museum Kirkintilloch.
2007 - Left teaching to paint full time
Organise group painting holidays in Scotland,Italy, Spain,France


2018 IFAC Award, Paisley Art Institute
2016 Short listed: W Gordon Smith Award, Edinburgh
2015 Edinburgh Art Shop Award, Royal Scottish Academy
2014 The Bessie Scott Award, Paisley Art Institute
2013 Elected RSW
2013 Dalrymple Award, Maclaurin Annual Fine Art Exhibition
2013 Elected RGI
2013 Elected PAI
2012 Anne Stevenson Memorial Award East Dunbartonshire Council
2012 Joe Hargan Award Paisley Art Institute
2011 James Torrance Award,RGI
2010 Glasgow Art Club Fellowship
2008 Art Hire Award, Paisley Art Institute
2007 East Dunbartonshire Council Purchase Prize
2002 D.Muirhead Purchase Prize RSA
1978 D.Sommerville Award GSA

Selection of Exhibitions

2013 Scottish Exhibition, Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon
2013 Winter Exhibition, Smithy Gallery, Blanefield
2012 Stockholm AAF,Sweden - Tig Gallery
2012 Six Degrees of Separation' Smithy Gallery,Blanefield
2011 Solo Exhibition - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Two Person Exhibition - Auld Kirk Museum, East Dunbartonshire
2011 'Through the Looking Glass' -
2011 Group Show - Contemporary Fine Art Gallery,Eton
2010 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2010 Solo Exhibition - Mansfield Park Gallery
2010 Art London - Open Eye Gallery
2010 6 Artists - Scotland
2010 Art London Fair - Open Eye Gallery
2009 'Cabinet Pieces' - Fraser Gallery, St Andrews
2009 Group Show - Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2009 Edinburgh Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2009 101 Exhibition - Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr
2009 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2009 Two Person exhibition - Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2009 Solo Show - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow
2004 ‘Five’- Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2002 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow
1999 Vallico in Arte Exhibition, Tuscany
1996 Two Person Exhibition Aldessan Gallery, Clachan of Campsie
1985 ‘Ten Glasgow Artists’ Glasgow Art Centre
1979 3 Person Exhibition-Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University.

Diplomate of the Paisley Art Institute and Artist Member of the Glasgow Art Club.
Associate Artist Member of Hospitalfield Alumni Association.

Regular exhibitor in RGI, RSA, RSW, PAI and the Glasgow Art Club
Work in private collections in Scotland, England, Italy, Spain and USA