About the Artist
My paintings are mostly inspired by the local landscapes - hills, trees and paths which I see when out walking, and my garden. I try to capture the colours, textures, light and mood, and choose the style and medium best suited to explore and represent the subject. My studio will form the Garden Gallery and my colourful garden will be open during Open Studios in conjunction with Scotland’s Gardens.
I studied woven textile design at the Royal College of Art and worked for many years as a freelance designer. Since moving to Scotland I was inspired to paint the local landscape, including the nearby Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park. My background in craft, design and weaving inform my painting process - I am primarily motivated by colour and textures, relationships and achieving a balance of contrasts within a composition, between painterly mark making and an illusion of credibility.
I aim to capture the quality of light, an impression of place and often a sense of journey along a path. For me painting is a direct way of sharing an experience. The experience (like that of walking along a dappled woodland path) is often universal.
I enjoy the diversity that different media offer. I use both water mixable oil paints and watercolours, often incorporating other media to create a richer effect or variety. I enjoy experimenting with different styles, choosing what is best suited to explore and represent the character of the subject.
My work is now held in private collections locally, in the UK, in America and Australia. I enjoy undertaking commissions and teaching art groups.
In the morning on Wednesday 13th June I will give a demonstration of some of my painting techniques. Weather permitting this may be in the garden.