I was born on the Isle of Skye and grew up in the Plockton area in the North West
Highlands. I moved around a great deal in my youth and have lived in many different
places which has enabled me to see and experience life from a wide variety of angles.
I am mostly drawn to beautiful and remote parts of Western Scotland and Ireland but I
have also travelled in Europe and lived for spells in Edinburgh and London. Although
for nearly 10 years now I have been living back around the Isle of Skye and Plockton,
I am still known for being somewhat nomadic around these parts.
A year spent studying Architecture at age 20 both introduced me to the idea that I may
in fact be an artist, and also furnished me with basic draftsmanship skills and tools
which have later become useful in developing my own work. This was my only
formal study since school though.
The artwork I produce today is the result of a three year period of self study which I
undertook while living in an old stone cottage in Torrin on Skye. Here, in comfort and
seclusion amongst dramatic scenery, I settled into developing more thoroughly my
collage technique which had already been growing steadily with me along my
wandering way. I had at my disposal a rich array of interesting coloured and textured
papers, various craft fabrics, acrylic paints and other mixed media I’d been collecting
over the years. I began cutting them up and sticking them down to create almost
hyper-real or magical looking pictures of the places and scenes that captured my
attention in my everyday life. Initially I created pictures of imaginary places but
quickly I turned to creating my own interpretations of real places. I always work from
digital photographs as a starting point and apply my imagination and visual memory
of a place while creating the picture. My colours, textures and effects seem to strike a
chord with people and I’m delighted to say my work is growing in popularity.
My technique is ever evolving and I now paint almost all my materials onto mdf
board using wallpaper paste so it’s getting much more fluid. Papers, fabrics and paints
get mixed together while wet so they dry as one. It can be a fiddly detailed process but
there is much enjoyment and fun in it. I am constantly inventing new techniques as
each new picture poses a new challenge so I work very much in the moment and
never quite know how a picture will turn out till it’s finished!