current work

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My paintings transform images into flat shapes, clean lines and predominantly solid blocks of colour, using different textures within the different spaces of a painting. Much of my work focuses on harbours, water and landscape where I emphasises a shape or a particular line I have sketched, photographed or remembered. Working mainly in acrylic, the process of constructing the composition often results from deconstructing the idea, sketch, photograph or object to its simplest geometric form. Minimising an object to a shape and distorting proportion alters how we perceive landscape. Depicting solid objects as hollow, or empty, or filling others full of pure blocks of vibrant colour, straight from the tube, encourages the focus on the composition and how one area interacts with another within the space.

At times there is tension between colours, shapes or angles in an attempt to reflect frictions in both nature – or when nature meets man-made structures – and in our everyday lives (depicting the mood or the sense of place) and also our memories. Some of my work explores the ways memory can fade from something solid and tangible, transforming this into a hollow shape or an outline to depict the idea that memory may be distorted, simplified or even lost over time.

As the bursary winner for Pittenweem Arts Festival in 2016 I developed a body of work concentrating on Fife and my last solo exhibition, ‘FORTH’ at Patriothall gallery was a continuation of this work which depicted paintings inspired by both sides of the Firth of Forth. My current solo exhibition, ‘Horizons and Borders’ contains work from Orkney to the Borders and is showing at The Stick Factory Gallery, Edinburgh until 12th January 2018.

If you would like any further information about my work, please contact me via the contact page.

My paintings can be seen below and some work is currently in, the Stick Factory Gallery, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh,  The Velvet Easel, Portobello, the Found Gallery, Dunbar and Marchmont Gallery, Edinburgh

Work marked with  *  indicates that a limited edition of giclée prints has been made of the painting and prints are available to order/purchase.  ** indicates that the limited edition is now completed and no further prints are available. For a full list of available prints please see here

 

Video from ‘FORTH’ solo exhibition November 2016:

Video from ‘Extending the line’, solo exhibition June 2015: