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Born and brought up in Fife, I moved to Edinburgh in 1979 to further my education. As a mature student I graduated from The Open University in 1998 and in 2011 from Edinburgh College of Art. My work is mainly abstract painting, influenced largely by nature, organic materials and the landscapes of the places I have spent much time in, namely the Highlands, Lothian, Fife and the Lake District.
As well as sketching, photography is an integral part of my research and ideas, for final painted images are often formed by manipulating and deconstructing photographic images and then interpreting this in paint. Sometimes the focus is on a small area of the original image or a remembered shape or pattern which has meaning to me. Layers of paint are then combined with layers of ideas to help depict the ‘sense of place’ which inspired the initial sketch or photographs.
For me, the process of making the painting is often of as much importance as the final outcome; from the original research, to incorporating remembered images, sometimes obscured, sometimes uncovered, or distorted in proportion and focus to reveal what lies beneath. Each stage has its part to play in the development, texture and meaning of the final painting.
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