Exhibitions and Awards

Awards:

2012 RWA 159th Exhibition, ‘Excellence in watercolour’, 2nd prize

2012 National Open Art Competition, Arts Club Dover Prize for the Finest Drawing

2007 SSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Grampian Hospitals Purchase Prize

Selected exhibitions:

2017 The Gentle Wild, Tetbury Goods Shed

2016 Winter Exhibition, Subscription Rooms, Stroud

2016 New works, Prema Arts , Uley

2015 Beastly Magic, Select International Festival

2015 SVA Open Studios

2014 Highland Show, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

2014 Cotswold Artists Show, Paragon Gallery, Cheltenham

2014 Works on paper Art Fair, Science Museum

2013 Tundra, Solo Exhibition, Celia Lendis Contemporary

2013 Tiny Lions and Giant Snails, View Gallery, Bristol

2013 Works on paper Art Fair, Science Museum

2012 Five Women Painters, Celia Lendis Contemporary

2011 Works on paper Art Fair, Science Museum

2011 Give it to me, Rabley Contemporary

2010 Site10 Contemporary Drawing Show, Stroud

2010 Mirror, The Space, Stroud

2010 London Art Fair, Business Design Centre

2010 The Dog Show, Stoneman Gallery, Penzance

2010 Affordable Art Fair, London

2010 Solo Exhibition: If Wishes were Horses, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2009 Little Wonder, St Annes’ Galleries, Lewes

2009 The Snow Queen and other Tales, Rabley Contemporary

2009 157th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy

2009 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts

2009 Affordable Art Fair, New York

2009 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park

2009 London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

2008 Solo Exhibition; Bring on the Dancing Bears, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre

2008 156th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy

2008 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts

2008 SSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy

2008 The Drawing Show, Stroud 08

2008 The 100% Show, Maugermodern Art, Bath

2008 Art for Rosie, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2008 Whats up with illustration?, Mauger Modern Art, Bath

2007 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, London & UK Tour

2007 RWA 155th Autumn Exhibition

2007 Paisley Drawing Biennale, PAI

2007 Solo Exhibition; Family Tales, Kendrick Street Gallery, Stroud

2007 The Darbyshire Prize, Museum in the Park, Stroud

2007 Celeste Art Prize, Shortlisted Artist

2007 SSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Award Winner

2006 RWA 154th Autumn Exhibition

2006 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, London & UK Tour

2006 The Cheltenham Open, Pitville Gallery, Cheltenham

2006 The Drawing Show 06, Stroud 06

2006 Parallel Narratives, Rabley Contemporary

2005 Presqu Vu, Paintworks, Bristol

Permanent Collections

The British Museum, Prints and Drawings

Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust

Bath Spa University

Education

2005 MFA, Bath Spa University

2004 First Class Honours Degree, Fine Art Drawing, Oxford Brookes University

Who I am

I was born and brought up in rural Perthshire and was lucky to live in a location where I could take up horse riding. I was the youngest of 4 children, and a shy child and happy to be in the company of animals. I befriended people with horses and ponies and spent most of my free time out in all weathers hacking in the hills, woods and peaty rivers of rural Scotland, or drawing the things I had seen. Sightings of other wildlife were frequent; foxes, deer and birds of prey would appear and just as quickly vanish into the landscape. My father worked as a keeper in Edinburgh Zoo before I was born and many stories of wild animals, polar bears and wolves found their way into my young mind, and still make appearances when I am drawing.

I now live in Gloucestershire and live and work from my studio overlooking the Slad valley. I still make frequent visits back to Scotland and experience an awe of the mountains, lochs and moody weather with renewed enthusiasm. I continue to be inspired by some fantastic figurative artists, Elizabeth Frink, Frida Khalo, Paula Rego, Andrew Wyeth and Peter Doig. I connect with artists who draw and paint human ideas, our relationships with animals, and our feelings about each other.

Inspiration comes from other sources too; when I first witnessed one of Monty Robert’s Natural Horsemanship clinics, I was bowled over. Each horse which came into the arena had ‘an issue’, a learned behaviour to cope with; something which frightened them. Monty would ‘read’ the horse’s body language and signals and understand what the horse was trying to say and be able to use his own body language to silently communicate and reassure and therefore re-educate the animal. Termed as ‘Join-up’, Monty, also known as The Horse Whisperer, has also used his methods with people and even wild deer. Fascinating and jaw-dropping to watch; I couldn’t draw fast enough. I am looking forward to seeing him again this year when he tours the UK.

I began using inks several years ago and feel that the way they flow is evocative of the flows in nature, perfectly suiting the motifs I enjoy making. Japanese animal paintings are an influence; I like to place my subjects in a suggested landscape, not necessarily a specific setting but evocative of a dreamlike space or other time. For inspiration, I draw from nature, my own photographs, wildlife films, and a large dose of my own imagination. Sketchbooks are a vital part of this process and I continue to fill Moleskine sketchbooks with ideas, sketches and thoughts to keep that flow alive.

I teach drawing part-time, running drawing workshops in methods and materials at Pegasus Art in Stroud, Gloucestershire.