Despite being the proud possessor of a degree in Theology from the venerable University of Oxford, at the age of 22 my thirst for art and my Scottish roots drew me north to Edinburgh. I studied further, both at the Art College and the University, writing a Master’s Thesis on the French thinker Simone Weil. I stayed in Scotland for 6 more years, where I spent most of my time making etchings at the Edinburgh Printmakers’ Workshop and exhibiting widely. A visit to Sweden as a student of the Royal College of Art in 1994 was the beginning of an interest in book-making, which I further developed in a year spent working in collaboration with the Village des Arts et Métiers du Livre in the South of France (1996-7). Following a well-established tradition of Scottish artists seduced by Mediterranean light and colour, I lived and worked in Southern France for ten years before returning to England to live in Suffolk. My work is inspired by the rythms and dualities found in the natural world. Being an artist, to me, has always seemed more a matter of inevitability than choice; metal and acid, pigment, paper and ink: these are my raw ingredients and my delight. In the solitude of the studio I am a chef, a baker, or surgeon, cooking up a work, operating on it, bringing my subject to life. If I aspire to anything it is to make soul food, for myself and for others, but whether I succeed or not, that is for the viewer to taste and judge.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE
Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Edinburgh Printmakers’ Workshop. Line Gallery, Linlithgow. Society of Scottish Artists. Coram Gallery, London. Glasgow Print Workshop. Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. Fergusson Fine Art, London. Agnews, London. Original Print Gallery, Dublin. Netherbow Arts Centre, Edinburgh. The Oxford Gallery. Artists’ Bookfair, London. The Castle Gallery, Inverness. Cambridge Contemporary Art. Espace Gaillane, Avignon, France. Galerie du Bout du Monde, France. Battersea Contemporary Art Fair. The Aldeburgh Gallery. The Halesworth Gallery. Norwich Print Fair.
COLLECTIONS, COMMISSIONS, PUBLICATIONS
The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Bank of Scotland, Scottish Life, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, The Scottish Tourist Board, Svenska Rikskonserter (Sweden), The National Trust, The National Poetry Library, Village des Arts et Métiers du Livre, Octon (France), Chelsea College of Art, Winchester College of Art, the Tate Gallery (Artist Books collection), National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. (U.S.A.). Private collections in France, Sweden, Britain, Ireland, Australia and the United States. Work Published by Edinburgh Printmakers’ Workshop, Canns Down Press and LithoArt (Denmark).