I studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and gained a First Class Honours in Fine Art. In my final year I won the Miller Homes ‘Young Scottish Artist of the Year’ scholarship, a one year residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. Since graduating I have exhibited in in the UK and Europe. In 2001 I had work accepted for the BP Portrait Award.
I specialize in monotype, each piece being made in a single day. This approach relies heavily on being intuitive rather laboring the trace of the hand. Making work in this way encourages me to be more ruthless in my mark making and concentrated in my approach. I work on number of themes simultaneously, developing each theme into a series of related artworks. I use photographic sources ranging from tabloids, snapshots of my own, scenes from films and scientific journals. These act as spur from which to begin an image. I can keep these images for months sometimes years until something, a conversation, a triggered memory or perhaps an existing image provides the catalyst to create a ne w print.
My overall objective is to produce images that live and retain a pulse, not inert or complete or perfect.