I studied Art History and Sculpture at Edinburgh University in the 1970s and for many years worked in Education, teaching Ceramics, Photography and Fine Art.
Throughout my career I have been fascinated by the human form which has been an endless source of inspiration for drawing and life modelling in clay. Some of my original ideas for a series of head sculptures were based on the theme of personification in Classical Art and I have continued to experiment with a variety of materials, including natural forms, unfired clay, plaster, pva and acrylics. This gives me the flexibility required to change, refine and explore details of form, colour and surface texture. Photographing the head sculptures was the basis for a set of related collages exploring similar imagery. As well as a connection with the natural world the mood of the work is about memory, human presence, dream and contemplation.
I have always loved experimenting with materials and processes, while recording images and ideas in sketchbooks, particularly in expressing my response to landscape when travelling in Scotland and Ireland. In 2019 a visit to the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland was the source of inspiration for a series of mainly abstract paintings using collage, acrylics and pastels. I found the energetic patterns of stone walls in the karst landscape visually very exciting and have continued to experiment with mark making and the fragmentation of form. The final compositions are a combination of intuition, memory and recorded observations.