I graduated in 1997 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a BDes (Hons) in Illustration and Printmaking. Since then, I have been employed by Perth College as a lecturer in art and design, and I recently completed an MA in Fine Art.
My work is inspired by a diverse range of interests, from 80s music, pop culture and vintage branding to the landscape around me in rural Perthshire, Scotland.
Growing up in the 80s, the music from that decade has had a strong influence on me and is a constant companion to me when working in my studio. The dialogue between music and emotion intrigues me, and often manifests in my creation of mixed media abstractions. Nostalgia from the decade has also inspired me to to create prints of my idols, as well as mythical memorabilia and souvenirs from fictitious locations.
The other aspect of my practice is inspired by the Romantic notion of the Sublime, and explores the aspects of nature which are often terrifying yet contain a mesmerizing beauty. Viewing the overlooked or hidden details of the rural landscape through glass has been a recurring theme in my practice, one which brings me close to the natural world yet ironically keeps a barrier between us. Recently I have taken a more scientific approach in my practice, which has involved experiments with microbiology and the use of the microscopic lens to reveal the invisible layers of the palimpsestic landscape. The imagery that I capture or create is often ambiguous or unsettling, alternating between the views of nature’s fragility and its force. Through the use of natural phenomena I aim to stimulate the viewer’s questioning of fantasy or reality and their own perception of the world around them.
I work from a small garden studio/gallery in the village of Bankfoot, Perthshire, where you can find me mostly at weekends, or by appointment. Please feel free to come and browse my artworks without any pressure to purchase.
Indigo Gallery Highside Main Street Bankfoot Perthshire PH14AB
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