• The Orkney Herring Industry

    During the late 19th century the herring fishing industry on the Orkney Islands  became large-scale. During the six weeks of summer between 300 and 400 boats descended upon Stromness Harbour.The population would rise by 4-5000 people. Women and girls who followed the herring shoals around the British coast worked at the many curing stations on the […]

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  • Back to blog….

    One thought I had at the New Year was to get back to blogging…so at the end of February I have finally made it.It wasn’t an easy start to 2015 with a number of rejections,some expected some unexpected and appalling health.Art took a backseat while just getting on with family life took priority as usual.While I wasn’t […]

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  • Post Spring Fling

    Spring Fling Open Studios event took place across the Dumfries & Galloway region on the weekend of 25-27 May.95 artists and makers opened their doors to their galleries,workshops, studios and houses and welcomed visitors from all over the world . Studio 66 on the Orange Route-ready for action….. As this was my second year of participating, […]

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  • Just juggling in general….

    Well to say it’s been a while is an understatement!In fact a Facebook Artist friend asked what gets in the way of your art which is easy to answer because as  a Mum then the list is endless…which isn’t a problem,just more juggling involved and differing priorities.  For the children one of the priorities is […]

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  • Vanaheim

    Another busy week…but in a good way.I’m in the middle of a watercolour- based mixed media phase at the moment.The Winter Olympic Games from Sochi are quite a distraction but inspirational .Having a TV in my studio/dining room means I can follow the action in between adding layers…..  I’m using Arches 300 gsm paper on […]

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  • A Time to Keep…..

    I had thought that I would have a relatively quiet start to the year.How wrong I was! My first solo exhibition opened at the Mustard Gallery in Langholm on 18 th January. I was hoping for positive feedback and was grateful for the opportunity of getting my work ‘out there’.The opening Saturday saw two sales….. ‘A Time to […]

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  • Yggdrasil

    Tomorrow sees the opening of my first solo exhibition at the  Mustard Gallery,Langholm. Entitled ‘Yggdrasil’,the body of work is inspired by my trip to the Orkney Islands and Norse mythology.The latest piece that I completed is called ‘A Time to Keep’-named after a book by George Mackay Brown,the Islands best known author and poet. This […]

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  • Back in the studio….

    Fingers crossed we’re all back to good health,antibiotics finished, children  back to school,back into routine and finally  back into the studio.My first solo exhibition at the Mustard Gallery ,Langholm opens on Saturday 18th January until 25th February.I’m therefore in the process of recording images ,dimensions,materials and carefully wrapping work to take over on Tuesday.I’ll be at […]

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  • A new year

     The end of a year and start  of a new one is always time for reflection -on what has passed and what the new year will hold.It has been another roller coaster year for us and the start of 2014 is going to be difficult as we deal with impending loss.We are fortunate to have so many […]

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  • Baking and The Biscuit….x

    Another busy week and only one week until the children finish school for the Christmas holidays.I’m currently putting work together for my exhibition at the Mustard Gallery,Langholm which starts on the 18th January,2014 until 25th February.I’ll be at the gallery on the opening Saturday to demonstrate my watercolour -based mixed media.Hope the weather holds off!Spring […]

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