My latest body of work is now online and available to purchase. Take a look on the Portfolio page 2018. I am happy to chat through any of the work and studio visits are always welcome if you can’t make up your mind. Many of the pieces will be shown in Tatha Gallery in the forthcoming Winter Exhibition ‘Even More Alchemy’ Preview 10th November 2-4pm and runs until 24th December
The Summer months have now made way for Autumn winds and chilly mornings and fresh new look at work and inspirations. Through July, August and early September I took opportunities, where I could, to venture further afield. With innocent anticipation I packed my tent, walking boots and midge repellant and set off to explore the West.
No matter what my ideas for future work are there is always a pull to Rannoch Moor, and I am never disappointed. It was so exciting to see the light and colour changing so rapidly and I found myself not knowing in which direction to look. Once I had wandered far enough and for long enough all my thoughts for work had changed. In fact, the expectations had dissipated completely. This is a lesson I learn every time I am researching and finding new painting material, but it’s a mistake I always seem to make. Set goals and ideas dissolve away with the passing shower and time and place become dominant. Nature quite elegantly reminds me that there is no set subject, no one way of seeing and certainly no same way of experiencing; nature has the incredible ability of resetting the internal compass. The heather and hills in late summer seemed to be enriched with an ever-changing filter which left me in awe of the magnificence unfolding in front of me to the extent that I found myself often questioning what I was seeing. Now I am home the mystery of the hidden and the subtlety but sureness of the visible seeps through my work once more. It is both captivating and inspiring and will feed my next series of paintings from the west.
I am delighted to be showing in an Exhibition at Tatha Gallery alongside artists Kate Downie and Paul Furneaux. It was featured in the Dundee Courier and the Glasgow Herald on the 22nd June.
On the 4th August I will be giving an informal demo and talk at Tatha gallery. To be perfectly honest the thought of showing people how I work fills me with a certain amount of trepidation since my painting process is usually a very private pursuit. The state I need to enter when painting is one of feeling removed and losing myself, so I can feel free enough to recreate the sensations of my subject yet simultaneously finding an almost hyper state of awareness. The painting then flows and becomes about that very moment I find myself in, feeling energised by the complete absorption.
Painting in front of a room full of people will therefore present new challenges. But I hope that it will spark new conversations and ideas and perhaps add another dimension to the experience of making work.
If you wish to attend the talk please contact Tatha Gallery 01382 690800. Spaces are limited.
I was thrilled at the fantastic response to my work at the Affordable Art Fair in May. Some of my more abstract pieces were on show, such as Origami Landscape, Emerge and Edgelands. Choosing work for these events is always proves to be a challenge. The market continues to fluctuate and is affected by the political and economic climate, with the seasons, the weather even, so it is nearly impossible to second guess what clients might like. Having said this there are always people who want to immerse themselves in the Arts and enjoy and invest in something that will add to their lives. As artists, we rely on that surety that art, like music, stays with you. That it becomes part of your everyday life, catching glimpses, perhaps seeing something new each time you pass. What we choose to add to our lives is, therefore, an important decision. I have painted now for 20 years and I can quite honestly say that and every sale is as delightful as the first. Thank you to all who visited and showed interest and passed comment.
New Artworks, New Ideas, New Website.
Over the past few years I have come to realise how important a good website is for an artist and I can honestly say that I am absolutely delighted with my new site. The journey of creating a site is very interesting and one that I would recommend every artist should go through. It helps you define and focus on your work and allows you to see it from a different perspective and therefore drives you to engage with every part of your practice from the studio through to public engagement.
It speaks of me and can perhaps be seen as another canvas or a window into my practice and research. My recent work will be on view for all to see and I have been able to include my important sketchbook work, quite often a private pursuit of many artists, but one that I feel is paramount to developing my practice. Instagram is a tool I find very useful, so I have provided easy links to my daily posts. There are so many ideas and new paintings waiting in the wings that I want to share and the addition of this eJournal allows me to do just that.
The idea is that this site functions as a journey: leading you through my background and artwork history, right up to the present day and my current exhibition and studio activities. Please enjoy navigating through the pages, share with your friends and remember to pop back for any updates and of course sign up to the emailing list if you don’t want to miss out on a new post.
Thanks goes out to David Cass for building this site, his wonderful aesthetics, expertise and patience!
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