I am a Scottish artist, brought up in rural Stirlingshire. I studied Painting at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating with a BA(Hons) in 2020. Currently, I am based in Edinburgh, developing my painting practice whilst undertaking an MSc in Art Psychotherapy.
My current practice takes heavy inspiration from folklore, particularly myths and stories from Scotland and Ireland. I am fascinated by how imagery and superstition continues to influence how people see their surroundings, even as the landscape changes and develops with the modern world. Through painting, I seek to depict the unseen landscape: human interpretations of natural surroundings composed of folklore, superstition and history. I use folktales to find the intimate connections between people and their environments, seeing their thoughts, feelings and circumstances reflected in the natural surroundings.
Within my practice, I mainly work with oil paints as a medium, as I find it can capture the subtlety and textures of the natural world. However, I also utilise drawing, photography and collage within the research and development processes of my work. I tend to follow a process of distillation, selecting imagery from my research and narrowing these down to a series of symbols which create a narrative. The landscapes I create are exaggerated in form and colour, but ultimately carry a sense of familiarity.
2016 - 2020 Painting BA (Hons) Gray's School of Art Aberdeen
Grants & Awards
2020 - Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporary 2021
2019 - Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship.
2022 - Summer Exhibition. Six foot Gallery. Glasgow
2022 - RSA New Contemporaries 2022. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2021 - Gray's Paintings: A Reunion. Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow.
2021 - A Tale of Tolbooth. Tolbooth Gallery, Stirling
2021 - The Graduates: Four Pillars. Tatha Gallery, Newport-on Tay.
2020 - Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase. Online.
2020 - Gray's School of Art Virtual Degree Show. Online.
2020 – Gray's School of Art 4th Year Painting Exhibition. Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh
2019 - 2nd and 3rd Year Painting. Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
2019 – Sanctuary [within a sanctuary]. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven
2018 - Smorg:ARTS:Bord. Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
2018 - SNAP. LivECO Cafe, Ruthrieston Community Centre, Aberdeen
2018 - An Exhibition Yet to Be Titled. O.T. Bar & Projektraum, Berlin