Thoughts on abstraction.

A tiny detail of an painting finished a wee while ago  a way back in July – As time passes, so the memories fade – mixed media on card, 2017 My work has taken quite a dramatic change of direction this past couple of years. As I look at the images here on...

Studio Notes – The things I am learning

It is a wee while since I have written my studio notes here on the blog but I have still been writing regularly in my ‘end of the studio day’ journal. These pages are becoming an increasingly valuable part of my studio day and I have been thinking about...

Summer Sketching – Craster

The beautiful harbour cottages at Craster I have had a few much-needed sketching days around and about my local area despite the unpredictability of our ‘summer’ weather. Craster is always a favourite place to go and even though I have sketched there many...

Always the Art Student

Like many roles in life I think when art is what you do or the way you make your living – you are the forever student. I will  never know everything (not even close!) And more importantly I always wish to be growing, expanding and pushing myself to learn. So...

New Northumberland Exhibition and New Work

The last few months have gone by in a bit of a blur – but I have had the most wonderful time first of all preparing work for a brand new exhibition and then travelling to the West Coast of the USA to teach in Seattle and Portland. The images below are a wee...

Studio Notes – Skipping between two places

The weather here swings between biting cold and glorious sunshine and often both at once. We made our way back to Amble last week as we had visiting family and the sun was just incredible. I had less time in the studio but days like this are an inspiration in...

Studio Notes – Finding a rhythm in painting

Last Monday – after working all weekend on uploading work to my Studio Sale – we were desperate for a day out to blow the cobwebs away. It was a gloriously sunny but cold day. We have barely ventured inland since moving here a year ago and there are so...

Studio Notes – February

 A mark-making exercise to chase away the gremlins of worry and overwhelm. Mixed Media on paper 32 x 23 inches I feel a real shift happening with my work in the studio – dedicated time to work, space to create, making art without worrying about expectations....

Studio Notes 27th January 2017

Port Seton Harbour – photographs I took last year. This past week has seen me flitting between paralysis, uncertainty and anxiety about all that is happening in the world. Every time I go to write in my journal but particularly anywhere that will be seen by...