I studied painting at Glasgow School of Art. Then I worked as a theatre designer - a fine time of collaboration and inventiveness. Wax babies, giant beanbag watermelons and pop-up suitcases kept me busy. Then for a few years while bringing up a family I worked mainly to commission and for exhibitions. I am inspired by the landscapes and townscapes around me, and it gave me time to explore how particular paints can behave on beautiful paper. Materials are really important to me and I love the earthy quality they bring to my work. Pure drawing is an important tool, sometimes rough - and sometimes careful. I like both. I work mainly in watercolour, ink and pencil, usually worked a little bit in Photoshop.
I work part time in a library and really value the contact with books and readers. Drawing as a tool for literacy is something I'm passionate about.
I illustrated the picture book 'Daddy's Bad (Bed) Day' written by Ross Collins Macay in 2022, published by CurlyTales Books.
You can find me here on facebook
and here on instagram,
where I show work-in-progress and experimental stuff alongside the sort of thing you see here.
I'm always happy to talk about something new, whether it is a picture of a single house or a whole book's worth of illustrations. I often take on house portrait commissions (modest homes are as interesting a subject as magnificent ones). Do contact me if there is something you would like to discuss.