Hello and welcome to my website. I am a Scottish artist based in Fife and work from my home studio in Markinch where I spend most of my time creating collage paintings using hand painted torn papers. I've dabbled with art as long as I can remember and as a child I would spend most of my time walking the family dogs or sketching birds and animals. This love and my respect of animals has never left me and is the main inspiration behind my work.
I've always enjoyed working with my hands and I would use any spare time I had while bringing up a young family to make salt dough and plaster figurines and novelty cakes for family and friends. I'm mainly self-taught but did attend college for two years as a mature student where I gained an HNC in Art & Design. It was during this time I was introduced to mixed media, printmaking and the fun of using paints and inks to make various marks on paper. Since then my work has evolved into creating colourful artworks using acrylics, inks and torn paper collage.
I find life is so serious most of the time so I deliberately counteract this by creating art that is light-hearted, bright, textured, colourful and often with a little touch of humour to make you smile. My work has been described as whimsical, magical, tactile, funky and unique. The characters I create all have wonderful expressions and the relationships they have with each other create a visual story. Different people see different stories and I like that. My animals have mutual respect for each other so fox and hare live happily side by side.
I sell most of my work directly as I like to have that one-to-one communication between the client and me. Building relationships is important and many of my clients return to add another to their collection. My largest display of original work for sale can be found at the Pittenweem Arts Festival each year so if you're looking to purchase one of my artworks this is the best place to choose from a wide selection.
My happy place is my studio where I potter away while listening to Radio 2 oblivious of the time of day. Our dog Sandy loves to keep me company and sleeps right at my feet under the desk.
When I'm not in the studio I like nothing better than getting outdoors to enjoy fresh air along coastal and hill walks with my hubby and Sandy. The East Neuk of Fife is a favourite walking area of ours and most of my naive harbour scenes are based on the small fishes villages of Crail, Pittenweem and Elie.
Our latest adventures into stand up paddle-boarding along the shores of Elie beach.
I hope that you get just as much pleasure looking at my work as I do creating it. A day in the studio really does feels like a minute to me and I am so thankful for this opportunity to be creative. I just love what I do, I am passionate about my art and find the need to be creative every day. If you are interested in any of my work and would like to see additional images please contact me. Other available work can be found via my website, facebook or in a few select galleries.