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, friend, artist – but I’d rather describe myself with verbs … I am, I do, I laugh, sing, dance, cook, clean, eat, drink, play, love, make stuff and enjoy silly cat videos.
I quote others only the better to express myself.
-michel de montaigne
I consume a vast range of imagery and writing, always looking for images or words or sentences that articulate or expand my experience of the world, my consciousness.
- 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
- Gainsborough’s Mrs Siddons
- Robert Motherwell, Remedio Varos, Frida Kahlo
- 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, the oceans & seas between them and skies above them
- feats of engineering – standing stone circles, lighthouses, spacecraft, computers, bridges, …
- music …Queen, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Yes, Sparks, Dylan, Muse, the Rolling Stones, Lila Downs, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, Wings, Bob Marley, Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac, Alanis Morissette, Robert Plant, Jolie Holland, Paul Simon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Proclaimers, Beethoven, Barenaked Ladies………
I’m enraged by: