My work explores quiet, figureless, symbolist landscapes through the medium of photography, painting, screen prints and artist books; I like to capture muted, weathered textures and atmospheric linear structures in a particular location. The geographies I photograph, are void of people, allowing for a sense of calm, solitude and serenity to be felt. I develop my photographs into either digital prints or hand pulled silk screen prints on a variety of papers, which are manipulated further into the form of artist books or collages. My hope is that by creating these smaller structures, I can emphasise the intricacies of the original landscapes. With regard to the screen prints, rather than creating a direct representation of the original photograph, I abstract the image with geometric shapes, playing on the themes of topography, map symbols and meanings associated with Enzõ.
I grew up in the North East of Scotland and graduated from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, England, in 1996 with a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design; working in womenswear design and retail in London. I moved back to Scotland, becoming an interior designer and freelance photographer.
After enjoying presenting several creative workshops to young people of school leaver age, I made the move into art education soon after; studying for a PGCE in Art Education at Goldsmiths University of London in 2008 and then becoming an Art and Photography teacher in Edinburgh in 2010. I graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a Masters in Education (Artist Teacher programme) in 2013.
I continue to teach Art & Design and produce my artwork in the North East of Scotland.
MoC x 10, group exhibition, Kekun Studio, Aberdeen, 2019
‘Coterie’, group exhibition, Foodstory, Aberdeen, 2018
10th Anniversary, group exhibition, Junction Arts, Aberdeen, 2018
Grays Short Courses exhibition, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, 2018
'Markings' solo exhibition, Parx Cafe, Aberdeen, 2018
Cornerstone Foundation Art Fair, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 2017
Visual Arts Scotland, 'Fly' exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2016
Junction Arts 'Mixed Winter Show', group exhibition, Junction Arts, Aberdeen, 2016
RSA Open exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2016
Visual Arts Scotland, 'Converge' exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2016
RSA Open exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2015
Visual Arts Scotland, 'VAS:t' exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2015 (winner of the Nancy Graham Memorial Bookprize)
MacNaughtan's Bookshop and Gallery, group exhibition, Edinburgh, 2014
UWS / GoMA Artist Teacher Masters exhibition 2013 (link)