Born in Ayrshire, I grew up in Spey Bay on the Moray coast, before graduating with an MA in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art with a distinction in painting in 1997.
I have shown my oil paintings professionally throughout the UK since 2008. My work, inspired by the Scottish Borders landscape where I live and work, is in many private collections in the UK and worldwide, and has been shown several times at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute. I am a member of the Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland and I have had four successful solo exhibitions since 2013.
Landscape has always been a source of inspiration. It stops me in my tracks daily – the colour, light, and immense quiet drawing me in, and I make paintings which respond to this. A solitary motif such as a single tree is a recurrent theme alongside strong horizontal areas suggesting a more abstract visual language. I like to return to subjects again and again – hay bales strewn across stubble fields, the familiar outline of the Eildon Hills, the stark shape of the Bass Rock.
I am obsessed with looking at the colours within a colour and layering them up on my painting surface to create subtle depth and impact. A grassy field has undertones of russet and yellow and pink. A dark hillside has orange and vermilion and magenta – all very low key, but still there fizzing away.
Like the meditative and reflective spaces I visit and that are familiar to me, I want my work to have a sense of contemplation and calm but also, like a memory or a moment that comes briefly into focus, I want the work to glow and to resonate.
Image: © Patrick Beattie
University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art
MA (Hons) Fine Art (with distinction in studio work)
Feb 2018 – UMBRA at Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Oct 2016 – STILL at Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh with Cameron Contemporary Art
Oct 2015 – REVERIE preview at Chelsea Arts Club, London and Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Oct 2013 – ARBOR at Store Street Gallery London and Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Private collections worldwide.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove
White Fox Gallery, Coldstream
Albany Gallery, Cardiff
Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, New York, Hampstead, Bristol (annually)
Coast Gallery, Dunbar
Walker Galleries, Harrogate
Gallery Ten, Edinburgh
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Royal Glasgow Institute
Frames Gallery, Perth
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Shropshire
Paisley Art Institute
Chelsea Art Fair, London
Smithy Gallery, Blanefield
Old Gala House, Galashiels
Sproson Gallery , St Andrews
Dancing Light Gallery, Scottish Borders
Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Feb 2021 – Marchmont House Tower Studio Creative Spaces Residency
Jan/Feb 2021 – ‘The English Home’
Jan 2021 – Artmag
Oct 2016 – Sussex Life
Nov 2015 – ‘Stella’ magazine
Prizes & Awards
Mar 2021 – Creative Scotland Visual Artist Award
Mar 2012 – Creative Scotland Visual Artist Award
May 1997 – Helen A Rose Bequest – for distinguished work, Edinburgh College of Art