About the artist

10,000 hours …

An electrical engineering degree lead to working in the energy industry for twenty years.  Time flies.

Chance meetings with printmakers Thelma Sykes & Eric Martin (I shall be eternally grateful to you both) caused me to take Obi Wan Kanobi’s advice and rethink my life.  I bailed out of the corporate world soon after to study art history at the Open University and make stuff.

Tuition & guidance from many people has placed screenprinting, collagraphy, digital printmaking, bookmaking, painting, mosaic & flax weaving to my toolbox.  Heartfelt thanks to Maureen Johnston & Simon Rutherford in Christchurch, Ian Gowdie & Alan Anderson in Oban, Gayle Robinson, Ros Lawless, Scott Campbell, Claire Forsyth, Stuart Duffin, Fiona Watson, Robert McSpadyen, Murray Robertson, Ciara Phillips and Jess Copsey at the Glasgow Print Studio, Claire McVinnie & Scott Hudson at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio and Bob Burridge in his Magic Studio.

I sport many conventional labels – wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, niece, aunt, friend, artist – but perhaps verbs are more useful to describe me: I am, I do, I laugh, love, sing, dance, cook, clean, eat, drink, play and make stuff.

And I enjoy silly cat videos.

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Inspiration

A few of my favourite things

Picasso’s constant experimentation – Duchamp and the many conceptual & performance artists who redefined art, with wit and humour – Shiko Munakata’s speed & vitality – Goya’s darkness – Beryl Cook’s lightness – the other-worldliness of Byzantine icons – the style & dissolute lifestyle of Modigliani (good example or terrible warning?) – Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present – Gainsborough’s Mrs Siddons – Robert Motherwell – Remedio Varos – the exuberance of Gaudi’s Parc Guell & Josie Martin’s Akaroa garden – the search for knowledge: physics, astronomy, biology, oceanography, philosophy – language: poetry, literature, mathematics – Scotland, New Zealand, the oceans & seas between them and skies above them – feats of engineering: standing stone circles, lighthouses, spacecraft, computers …

And music … Queen, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Yes, Sparks, Dylan, Muse, the Rolling Stones, Lila Downs, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, Wings, Bob Marley, Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac, Alanis Morissette, Robert Plant, Jolie Holland, Paul Simon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Proclaimers, Beethoven, Barenaked Ladies, Nine Inch Nails, ….