I was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1962 and studied Fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art from 1980-84 graduating with a B.A.(Hons). I then went to London and worked in Television and Advertising for a number of years before undertaking a postgraduate in teacher training. For the past 16 years I have been teaching in schools and colleges in Scotland and England.
While bringing up my children (both artists now) I tried to keep my work ticking over. As they grew older I was able to devote more time to painting and spent many years working and teaching in pure watercolour ( I even appeared in an episode of Watercolour Challenge back in 2000) and still like the delicacy and vibrancy of that medium. I then started to explore acrylic and mixed media and now within my paintings, I play the brilliancy and delicacy of watercolour against the surface of acrylic and collage.
Since July 2015 I have moved to a small village south of Norwich to focus primarily on my painting and teach part time. I was recently voted Norfolk magazines Landscape Artist of 2016.
My Painting is a reaction to observation, whether it is within vibrant re-invented still lives, a response to the landscape around me or the difficult to explain ones that are to do with thoughts,random thoughts, daydreams and reminisces. I think the subject and visual imagery attracts me but the sensation from the source is the reason for the painting and basically why I paint!