Constantly in a state of becoming
My mind is fueled by everything I experience: art, science, music, literature, politics, the earth, the sea, the sky, people, memories … I process the input by making stuff.
I choose the medium to suit the message, mostly linocut & screenprint, but also collage, textile, assemblage, cyanotype & paint.
An electrical engineering degree lead to working in the energy industry for twenty years. Time flies.
Chance meetings with masters of printmaking Thelma Sykes & Eric Martin (I shall be eternally grateful to you both) caused me to take Obi Wan Kanobi’s advice and rethink my life. I bailed out of the corporate world soon after to study art history at the Open University and make stuff.
Expert tuition & guidance from many people has added mosaic, flax weaving, painting, collagraphy, screenprinting, digital printmaking, bookmaking and laser cutting to my toolbox. Heartfelt thanks to Maureen Johnston & Simon Rutherford in Christchurch, Ian Gowdie & Alan Anderson in Oban, Gayle Robinson, Ros Lawless, Scott Campbell, Claire Forsyth, Stuart Duffin, Fiona Watson, Robert McSpadyen, Murray Robertson and Jess Copsey at the Glasgow Print Studio, Claire McVinnie & Scott Hudson at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio and Bob Burridge in his Magic Studio.
I sport a lot of labels: wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, niece, aunt and friend, as well as artist. I laugh, sing, dance, cook, clean, eat, drink, play cards & board games, travel and enjoy silly cat videos.
… appropriation, mimicry, quotation, allusion, and sublimated collaboration consist of a sine qua non of the creative act, cutting across all forms and genres in the realm of cultural production.
I’m inspired by …
- Picasso’s constant experimentation
- Duchamp and the many conceptual & performance artists who redefined art, with wit and humour
- Shiko Munakata’s speed & vitality
- Goya’s darkness & Beryl Cook’s lightness
- the other-worldliness of Byzantine icons
- the style & dissolute lifestyle of Modigliani (good example or terrible warning … ?)
- Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present
- Hokusai’s Red Fuji & Gainsborough’s Mrs Siddons
- the exuberance of Gaudi’s Parc Guell & Josie Martin’s Akaroa garden
- the search for knowledge – physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, oceanography, meteorology, …
- language – poetry, literature, mathematics
- Scotland, New Zealand and all the oceans & seas between them and skies above them
- feats of engineering – standing stone circles, lighthouses, spacecraft, computers, bridges, …
- music … Sparks, Queen, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Yes, Dylan, the blues, Muse, Barenaked Ladies….