Sculptural work has evolved from an idea of using natural material gathered from the local environment.
The sculpture is essentially abstract involving concepts of transformation, order and recycling/repurposing. A visual language that draws on fundamental consideration of form and proportion while common themes of rhythm sequences texture & pattern play an important role in the work.
An outlook to find ideas that represent a directly intimate response to the seemingly random material that I find to work with. Usefulness and application are a result of an organic process of finding & making, collecting & making, each part informing the other until a vocabulary has been established. A process that presents the natural world in a different light. How and what will be useful to make a sculpture.
The craft sensibility from my training with clay informs the necessity to appreciate how using the properties of materials can in itself inspire projects while improved technique can point the way to more complex/ambitious work.
Preconceived outcomes are unhelpful as the process relies totally on what materials that are found although one piece feeds into the next to make incremental steps away from the centre.
Residencies, symposiums & collaborative projects have played a significant part in moving the work forward as adapting to unfamiliar short term surroundings reinforces the pragmatic approach necessary to realise a finish piece. One adapts to the restrictions or benefits of a new environment which can stretch the well established process to find new solutions/beginnings that lead to new outcomes.
B.A. Hons degree in Ceramics at Central/St.Martins, London. 1990 enhanced by a teaching qualification (P.G.C.E.) in 1995. I continue to work with clay to the present day and feel the benefits of working with different materials.
Studio - Cromarty, Ross-shire. Highlands of Scotland since 2002 continues to offer the base to develop my work.
Cromarty Exhibition . The Stables. Cromarty. Scotland. 10.08 – 19.08.2019
Earth, Wind & Fire. (Ceramics). Upstairs Gallery. Inverness. 03.06 – 28.06 2019
V.C Gallery. Scottish National Trust. Inverewe. West Ross. 15.05 – 20.12.2019
ANURS Gallery. Banja Luka. 25th Anniversary of the Academy of Science and Art, Republika Srpska. Bosnia. 24.9. - 24.10.2018
The Cromarty Group Exhibition. Stables. Cromarty. Scotland. 12.08 – 20.08.17
'Whispering Reeds' Exhibition. Kuusisto Art Manor. Finland. 08.07 - 24.08.2016
'Whispering Reeds' Exhibition. Archipelago Centre Korpostrom. Finland. 16.03 - 03.07.2016
Object. Foyer Gallery. Ceramics. Inverness Museum & Gallery. 05.03 –30.04.2016.
The Magic of the Blue Mountain. Art-Point Group Exhibition. Sculpture. European Union Centre, Skopje. Macedonia. 15.02 – 04.03.2016
'Whispering Reeds' Exhibition. Eckerö. Finland. 08.05 - 31.08.2015
‘Winter Exhibition’. Inchmore Gallery. Inverness. Scotland. 01.10.2015 – 28.02.2016.
The Cromarty Group Exhibition. Stables Gallery. Cromarty 14.08 – 23.08.2015
The Cromarty Group Exhibition. Stables Gallery. Cromarty. 09.08 – 17.08.2014
Aberdeen Artists Society Exhibition 2014. Aberdeen Art Gallery. 10.04 – 22.06.2014
‘Smoke Fired Pots.’ Foyer Gallery. Inverness Museum & Gallery. 01.04 -31.05.2014.
“Pliva2013.” LTG Gallery. Pliva. Banjaluka, Bosnia & Herzegovina. 25.07 – 04.08.2013
The Cromarty Group Exhibition. Stables Gallery. Cromarty 10.08 -19.08.2012
Castle Gallery. Castle Street. Inverness. 01.05.2102 – 31.01.2013
Sianoja El Corte Ingles Exhibition. Santander, Spain. 04.09 – 31.09.2011
The Cromarty Group Exhibition. Stables Gallery. Cromarty 12.08 - 21.08.2011
'Earthworks' Exhibition. Projekte Gallery, Wilmington, N.C. USA. 01.05 - 22.01.2011
Snowdrop Festival Exhibition. St.Andrews. Fife. Scotland. 11.02 -27.02.2011
No Boundaries International Artists Exhibition. N.C. USA. Dec 07.01 – 21.01.2010
Stables Gallery. The Cromarty Group. Cromarty 12.08 – 25.08.2010
The Cromarty Group Exhibition. Stables Gallery. 12.08 – 22.08.2009
'Coast'. (Rhyl Museum & Arts Centre.) 12.06 – 08.08.2007
'Wood'. Stroud House Gallery. (Stroud, England) 15.10 – 28.11.2006.