My art practice utilises traditional art materials and natural resources on site, in the making of art, to experience, and draw attention towards local nature, and environmental issues.
In the showing of this work my aim is to be flexible; responding to its function, needs, and audience. Work could be presented as an “information hub” explaining the concepts of my practice and/or showing work in situ, or an event or a traditional gallery as 2D work and 3D works or images of 3D site specific work.
The approach to my art practice is to remain as reactive to situations and places as possible; making my practice constantly in progress and permanently developing by responding artistically to the community’s needs and balancing them with the aims and interests of my practice. This can take any artistic form, which achieves my goal of: working with communities facilitating, encouraging and sharing the engagement with the natural environment through art-based projects which can have a therapeutic effect on our mental and physical health as a result.
The challenges for me are: working within financial/funding and budget constraints, and adopting the role of facilitator, on community-engagement projects. This has repeatedly emerged as an unexpected but enjoyable challenge, inspiring future work through sharing ideas and suggestions springing from current projects.
1978- 2010 30 year plus career in horticulture, employed in both private and public sector in a number of supervisory and training roles in horticulture.
2012-2014 Portfolio course
2014-2017 B.A. FINE ART. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
2017-2018 (currently undertaking) M.F.A. Art Society and Publics. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
2010 Public voted favourite painting Dundee Art Society exhibition. (The bobbing dipper, water colour)
2011 Winner of best amateur painting Meffan Gallery Forfar open competition. (lock and latch, pastel)
2012 Winner of Harry Vaughan cup D.A.S.exhibition judged by curator of Mc Manus galleries Dundee and voted public favourite painting Dundee Art Society exhibition. (Tap O the hill, acrylic)
2013 Public voted favourite painting Autumn /winter exhibition Dundee Art Society
2014 Royal Scottish Academy society of painters in watercolour, Edinburgh, winner of student category (stag on the hill). Public voted favourite painting Dundee Art Society exhibition (stag party in Glen Shee Watercolour)
2015 judging duty at Royal Highland Show Ingliston Edinburgh handicrafts.
2016 Winner of Sculpture prize in conjunction with Woodland Trust Scotland. Woodpecker Installation).
2018 Prize residency at Dumfries house, with The Royal School of Drawing.
DJCAD Degree show
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I have been asked if I would like to submit work for the Dundee botanical garden book project. Hope to do one or two botanical paintings. Have completed one so far a botanical study of Eucalyptus tree. Another one under way of the Monkey puzzle tree.will post soon.