As an artist my aim is to capture vibrant colour and rich texture. I am based within the rolling hills of New Cumnock. I feel privileged and blessed to be immersed within a landscape that keeps me inspired. I am due to create another self portrait as I am approaching the big five oh! Although I love painting many subjects I always return to landscapes, using oil, and a pallet knife. I’m excited about the textures that can be created with such a basic tool. My work can be viewed in several galleries in Ayrshire Scotland, where my work is well regarded. I manage my time between creating commissions, producing work for solo art shows and promoting exhibitions that I host a few times a year from my small gallery: Afton Water Gallery in New Cumnock, East Ayrshire, where I also tutor private art lessons.
I love to explore a range of ways to paint. I always come back to oil paint my first love. I find the paint is very maliable and it allows you to caress it around the canvas.
As a full-time artist I feel my work is developing at a rapid rate. At the moment I teach acrylic and watercolour classes at The Wellington Gallery on Wednesday’s each week and I host workshops in my studio, where I share the space with the breakfast room of the B & B that I help run with my supportive husband Alistair.
I moved up to Ayrshire in the summer of 2009 and applied to be a member of The Glasgow Society of Women Artists. They scrutinised a body of work I had produced consisting of autumnal paintings done with acrylic and pallet knives. I was selected as one of their new members and have enjoyed exhibiting with them and attending monthly meetings.
I have started to gather some momentum this year and have been very pleased to offer my work for sale on numerous occasions. Some of my clients repeatedly commission me to paint for them, their family and friends.
Julia, one of our first clients was thrilled with the progress she made within her week’s stay and loved visiting The Glasgow Boys Exhibition.