As a multi-disciplined artist, I work with a variety of materials, techniques and experimentation.
My practice has always been inspired by the natural environment exploring the conceptual and material interpretation of place. My imagery is site responsive. Each work represents a specific moment of exploration. I am drawn to the romanticism of rural relics, defunct rusting metal and crumbling stone representing monuments past and past lives. I am transfixed by these disparate fragments and their imagined stories and the excitement gained with chance discoveries of clues and marks from the past. The environment breathes, consumes and narrates. Growing, foraging and extracting colours from plants and found forgotten materials takes me on several journeys of investigation. Collecting, extracting and building an archive of colour from common garden and hedgerow plants, berries, rust and stone adds further layers to the artwork.
Living in Innellan on the South Cowal peninsula I am surrounded by coastline and forestry, these ancient landscapes traced and tracked with shifting markers of past and present lives, has been a generous source of inspiration.
The environment is hard to comprehend. Individual happenings, functional interventions make sense, but over time meaning becomes obscure and somehow arbitrary, messy, but in a satisfying way. I want my work to recreate this sense.


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Education:
  • Fine Art Degree (First Hons) Sculpture (stone,ceramic,textiles & papermaking ) at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland. 
  • Masters in Youth and Community University College Cork, incorporating arts practice with community engagement.
Exhibitions & Projects - 2022Recent Awards 2022/21/20
  • The Richard and Siobhán Coward Foundation Award for Analogue photography July 2022.
  • VACMA Award 2022  Visual Artist and Craft Maker Bursary. To research natural pigments site specific to Cowal, develop ink for printmaking and create a series of artists books. https://www.creativescotland.com/  https://www.chartsargyllandisles.org/
  • KEEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL – Scotland's Climate Seed Funds- February 2022 Funding towards starting a dye garden for the research into natural dyeing, pigment extraction and seed sharing.
  • VAMCA Award Visual Art Creative Scotland & CHARTS Argyll & Isles 2021 Bursary Award. To explore and experiment with using solar etching plates using intaglio and relief printmaking techniques. Creative Scotland and Argyll & Isles.  https://www.chartsargyllandisles.org/
  • VAMCA Award: Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award 2020 Bursary Award. To explore and develop alternative photographic process with traditional printmaking skills and towards purchase of a Print press. https://www.creativescotland.com/
  • Hope Scott Trust Award July 2020  A grant to finance the purchase of an Intaglio Print Press
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