About the Artist
I am a window-gazer. Modern lives keep people indoors for a variety of reasons but my mission is to provide them with an escape to the outside world; teleporting them into wild weather, awe-inspiring features and tranquil quiet spots via my acrylic landscape paintings.
A child of rural/coastal Scotland, I took for granted the open spaces, fresh woodlands and scathing weather changes that I now recognise as components of home. Thankfully, as a landscape artist based in Co Down, I still have easy access to epic feats of nature and approach their elements as the basis of my work. Axel the campervan doubles as my mobile studio and helps me to stay out a little longer, getting the important details in my field sketchbooks or even creating a finished piece there and then. My expressive style suits the fleeting characters of my native Scottish and Irish landscapes.
I approach the whole thing as a part of the finished work and choose my surface material accordingly, allowing it to inform and appear. Warm paper, bright, luminous aluminium panels, natural linen and contrasting undercoats. To me, a landscape is made interesting by its many layers and elements and that’s the method I strive to work by. I work primarily in acrylic paintings but as my primary objective is to convey the absolute essence of standing in a place, I utilise a variety of media as textural elements reflecting and complementing the materials of the landscape.
After advancing as far as I could in my events & business planning career, I decided to put all my energy into running my own business as a landscape artist. Art has been “my thing” all my life, and when 2015 brought a change in personal circumstances, I had the opportunity to go for it.
As well as over 200 private commissions, I completed a commercial commission in 2018 for Indie Fude’s new store in Comber and enjoy promoting my work to the public through both solo and group exhibitions. My first solo exhibition was in the Graffan Galleries at WWT Castle Espie in 2018 and I returned there in Feb 2020 when I curated and exhibited in the North Down Craft Collective & Friends group show. My second solo exhibition (Natural Room Emporium, Comber) was unfortunately cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however gave rise to a collection of new work on aluminium, which is now available. I have good relationships with my retail outlets, chiefly The Craft Room in Comber and No. 6 Queen St in Coleraine, and I have been a member of North Down Craft Collective since August 2018.
I was delighted to receive the Ards Arts individual artist fund in 2019 and used that for membership of Seacourt Print Workshop, to advance my skills in linocut printmaking and help inform my print classes, of which I have hosted over 20 in addition to painting workshops and also demonstrations in local community groups and art clubs.
My next mission is to complete a residential programme of landscape work and am currently seeking an exhibition/gallery partner for my Irish coastal project.