I draw and paint the Orkney landscape, creating work on a variety of scales that evokes a sense of time, place, and movement and that captures the ever changing character of Orkney’s unique environment.
I observe, record and gain a sense of the landscape through walking. I gather memories of location; absorb elemental changes and minute detail. Responsive to subtle qualities of light, movement within the landscape – birds, weather, vegetation; alert and sensitive to the lay of the land; the colours, textures and forms, created and reworked by nature.
Ever since I graduated, nearly twenty years ago, I have worked steadily and committedly to maintaining my practice, with regular exhibitions both within and out with Orkney. Since 2015 I have had my own studio in Kirkwall. Towards the end of 2019, I gave up my part-time post as a Youth Development Worker with VAO to concentrate fulltime on my art practice.
An important part of my practice is being involved in Orkney’s creative community and over the years I have played an active role in nurturing others through short residencies and delivering workshops. I am a former Chair of the Pier Arts Centre and recently joined the Board of Soulisquoy Printmakers.