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The Alchemist's Apprentice
24 x 24 cm

Profile

I was a free-range child brought up in Lossiemouth on the north-east coast of Scotland, free to play on the beaches and roam in the woods near my gran’s. At home I was immersed in the colours and textures of my mother’s craftwork – there was always knitting on the table – and my father’s passion for traditional folk ballads evoked a moving landscape in my mind. From as early as I can remember, I loved drawing; I might have forgotten to have breakfast or put on my shoes, but I never ventured anywhere without a pack of crayons and scraps of paper. Paddling in rock pools, building forest dens and getting stuck on trees introduced me to the local wildlife; limpets and hermit crabs, shrews and rabbits, sparrows and crows, red deer and squirrel.

My work

Whenever I read words, an image comes to mind; yet images offer a glimpse of what can’t be expressed in words. I admire how early Renaissance artists painted to tell stories, often drawn from classical Greek and Roman myths or Biblical tales: I like drawing to capture atmosphere, using colour to pull you in, and then appreciate detail and texture.In Aesop’s fables, in Native American beliefs, in the Aboriginal Dreaming, in all cultures, people have projected human qualities upon animals.

Drawing animals give an immediate connection to a preconceived image that the artist can develop into a character and portray life experience common to us all. And I am fascinated by how people relate to images, developing stories of their own.

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Curriculum Vitae

  Education
1992-1996
  BA(Hons) Fine Art - specialising in printmaking Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
   
1991-1992
  Foundation Course in Art and Design Aberdeen College of Commerce, Aberdeen
   
  Exhibition History
  Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010   Nine Lives - An exhibition of work inspired by T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk  
    Celebrating Scotland’s Stories, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
     
2008   A Bestiary from Folklore and Legend, The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
     
2007   Unravelling Silk Road Yarns, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
     
2006
  In the Shadows of Shahrazad, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
   
2004
  North Edinburgh Art Centre, A Retrospective Exhibition
   
2002
  Feather Mantle and Seal Skin, The Netherbow Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh – Invited artist as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival
   
2001
  Beyond the Ripples, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – An exhibition of work based upon the theme of water within Scottish Folklore
   
2000
  Under the Seal Skin, The Firth Gallery, Edinburgh
   
1999
  The Monkey’s Tale, Elgin Library Gallery, Elgin
  A Summer Dream, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – Based upon themes from Shakespeare’s plays.
   
  Selected Group Exhibitions
2010   Aspect Prize Exhibition, Paisley Institute of Fine Art, Paisley
    The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
     
2009   Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
    The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
    Mainhill Gallery, Harestanes, Scottish Borders
    The Affordable Art Fair, Mainhill Gallery, London
     
2008  

Aspect Prize Exhibition, Paisley Institute of Fine Art, Paisley        

    Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
    Harrogate Art Fair, Harrogate
    Frames Gallery, Perth
     
2007
  Mainhill Gallery, Harestanes, Scottish Borders
  The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
  Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
   
2006
  Drawing Stories, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
  Image Nation, Collins Gallery, Glasgow – An exhibition of contemporary Scottish Illustration
   
2005
  Highland Artists, Kilmorack Gallery at Cork Street, London
   
2004
  Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow
  Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
  Mainhill Gallery, Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
  Penicuik Art Centre, Penicuik
   
2003
  An Exhibition for Mid Winter, Gallery 27, London
  Thompson’s Marylebone Gallery, London
  Mainhill Gallery, Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
  Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art Postcard Exhibition, Glasgow
  Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
   
2002
 

Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

  The Affordable Art Fair, London
  Mainhill Gallery, Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
  The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh
  Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow
  Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
  National Scottish Arts and Crafts Competition, Arbroath
   
2001
 

Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire

  Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art Annual Exhibition, Glasgow
  The Affordable Art Fair, London
  Art Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow
  Art of Paper Fair, London
   
2000
 

Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire

  The Red Dot Gallery, London
  Visual Art Scotland Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
  The Paisley Art Institute Annual Drawing Exhibition, Paisley
  The Homes and Garden Fair, with The Red Dot Gallery, London
   
  Private Collections
  The Scottish Storytelling Centre
  Moray District Council
  Coopers and Lybrand
  Grampian Hospital Art Trust
  The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  Gray’s School of Art
   
  Previous Commissioning Clients
    Learning and Teaching Scotland
  The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh
  The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
  Grid Iron Theatre Company
   
  Awards and Residencies
2009   Funding from Visual Arts Awards: Edinburgh
     
2006
  Two month Apprenticeship at the stained glass studio of Vetrate ArtisticheToscane, Siena, Italy sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council – Studied processes and techniques involved in stained glass window making
   
2005
  Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award – Grant was used to fund an apprenticeship at Vetrate Artistiche Toscane, Siena, Italy
   
2005–2006
  Six month Residency at the Scottish Storytelling Centre – The Residency coincided with the refurbishment of the new Scottish Storytelling Centre and comprised of three main responsibilities which are described below. Producing a series of images illustrating the Early Scottish Celtic, Legends which are displayed on a History of Scottish Storytelling Wall, Designing and producing a back drop cloth for a small, intimate storytelling area, conducting a course of children’s workshop in which we explored and developed images and texts inspired by local mythology – the final work was displayed at an exhibition in the Centre.
   
2003
  The Elizabeth Greenshields Award
  Three month Residency at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath sponsored by the Royal Scottish Academy
   
1996
  Residency at Peacock Printmakers’ Workshop, Aberdeen sponsored by Coopers and Lybrand
   
1995
  Three month Residency at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France
   
  Articles and Publications
2008   Featured artist in “The Dog:5000 Years of the Dog in Art” by Tamsin Pickeral, published by Merrell Publishers Ltd (1 Sep 2008)
     
2004
  The Scottish Educational Journal, December issue
   
1996
  Profile in The Scotsman, Saturday 3rd January
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