• In my final year of university I made ‘Yggdrasil’-a standing stone based on  Norse mythology and after my visit to Orkney. It stands 132cm high and is a mixed media piece built around a wire frame. The hole is significant- we visited the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness who have a collection of work by […]

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  • Apologies for the blog delay as it’s been another busy and productive week. ‘Guid Nychburris’ or ‘Good Neighbours’ is a week- long festival in Dumfries which celebrates its Royal Charter issued by King Robert III in 1186. This move ensured loyalty of the town’s citizens to the monarch.Dumfries was never walled however the Riding of […]

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  • As the dust begins to settle and my energy levels start reaching near normal levels after the Spring Fling Open Studio event,I’ve been able to take stock of exciting developments that are beginning to come to fruition.On October 26th  of this year ,an exhibition of my work will open in Crown Gallery in Carlisle.The show […]

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  •  Another busy week gone by catching up,delivering work,sorting out new plans and making connections. I’ve also had feedback from a customer who took one of the largest pieces on show in Spring Fling-Ragnarok…. The work is watercolour,gouache,acrylic ink,pencil& fineliner pen.They were initially drawn to it because of the colour and appearance of depth .  They now […]

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  •  Today has been a quiet day getting the house back to normal, catching up with friends,delivering a piece of work and admiring its new home.It’s also been a chance to reflect on the last three days of Spring Fling.The weekend far exceeded my expectations.I was overwhelmed by the fact that people had made the time […]

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  • It’s the end of Day 2 of Spring Fling, the open studio event across Dumfries and Galloway.I didn’t know what to expect but the experience has been wonderful if not exhausting. So many people have come to see my work,my sketchbooks,interested by the narrative of the Orkney islands and Norse mythology.Comments and feedback have been exceptionally […]

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  •  The largest work on show at studio 70  this weekend in Spring Fling is ‘Muspelheim’,measuring 63 x 63 cm in its floating frame. In Norse mythology Muspelheim is the realm of fire, home of the fire gods and is one of the nine worlds of Yggdrasil.It features in both the creation and downfall of the […]

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  • In three days time I’ll open my doors along with 93 other participants in this year’s Spring Fling across Dumfries and Galloway. This last week has been a bit hectic with being away for the weekend and the day to day activities that seem to eat into what little time is left.I was at Abbey […]

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  • Another busy weekend-we’re just back from Sunderland where the children were competing in a big swimming competition.Lovely hubby has in the meantime painted the hallway which means I can start hanging my work for Spring Fling.The event is next weekend so there isn’t much time left for all the little jobs that need doing.I’m also preparing […]

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  • My sketchbooks that are full of experiments hold a number of collages as part of the mark-making process.There is something about developing relationships between colours,edges,textures and shapes.I decided to revisit collage using really thick watercolour paper as the support .This piece is symbolic with the dot that I have used on canvas reappearing ,the burnt […]

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  • I read this yesterday and it stayed in my mind…..‘But listen to me.For one momentquit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you’……RumiBack in the studio I continue to be mesmerised by the rock carvings and the runes.I needed to try and work something together and this was the result.On canvas it measures 20 x 20cm…..

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  • It is now only two weeks until Spring Fling,our open studio event across Dumfries and Galloway.Though if I take off next weekend as we’re away for a swimming competition in Sunderland, the afternoon at the hairdressers to make myself look presentable for visitors!!!,a visit to the Spring Fling Taster exhibition at Annan on Friday 18th […]

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  • Many creatures live in Yggdrasil, the tree in Norse mythology which links the worlds of the giants,men and hell.Four stags live among the branches nibbling its leaves…..  This work was originally lighter however I decided it required some changes.It’s a canvas measuring 40 x 40cm layered with gesso and sand. Layers of acrylic paint were […]

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  • We managed to squeeze in a couple of days away in Yorkshire over the Bank Holiday-helped by the fact that Scottish schools had 2 days off….The sun shone-yes,on a Bank Holiday-two words not normally mentioned in the same sentence!The children played down by the river and it was just great to be able to relax […]

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  • I’m particularly intrigued by rock art in all its shape and forms -from cave paintings to carvings. They give us a glimpse into the past and how our ancestors lived. Sometimes you read a book and somebody has articulated your thoughts in a way that lingers in the memory. This passage is by David Malouf…An Imaginary […]

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  • It’s only three weeks until Spring Fling so I’m busy making lists and more lists of jobs that need doing.Phil the Framer on Buccleugh St ,Dumfries is doing a fantastic job on framing some of my pieces. They can really finish a piece of work and show something off to it’s full potential. There will […]

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  • The coastline around the Orkney islands is spectacular to say the least.From sandstone cliffs to white sandy beaches,varying habitats provide a haven for flora and fauna.Geological features include  sea stacks such as the Old Man of Hoy and geos which are long narrow slots carved along fault lines by the sea.Inspirational …… This is a […]

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  • Another hectic weekend over ,chores done and back to preparation for Spring Fling.My trip to Orkney continues to inspire …Excavations in the early 20th century revealed the Broch of Gurness at Evie on the Mainland.Dating from around 100BC,the Iron Age broch was originally built as a tall and easily defended tower.Around the broch was a sprawl […]

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  • Busy,busy,loads of jobs to do,endless juggling of family lives  but as the children are back at school after their Easter holidays I have a couple of uninterrupted hours during the day.Ive been working on a new piece but revisiting a work I’ve previously done on canvas and also as a much larger watercolour.This work measures […]

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  • Dot

    Jung states that the dot is the ‘symbol of mysterious creative centre in nature.’It is the starting point from which all things arise. In Alchemy,out of this little point,the wisdom of God made….the ‘huge machine of the world.’In Norse mythology,the story of Yggdrasil is about destruction,rebirth  and renewal.This piece is based on the dot,symbolic for […]

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  • The last couple of weeks has just been one of those times when you begin to wonder what else life is going to throw at you.These times are usually made infinitely more stressful knowing that the deadline is looming for another event. Then you switch the news on and events happening around the world put everything […]

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  •  I’m visiting Edinburgh for a few days. So I wanted to let you know I’ll be back on Sunday 14th April so please don’t go away….Looking forward to visiting the National Museum as well as the fabulous art galleries that Edinburgh has to offer.My son is in a swimming competition so it’s an exciting time…big […]

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  • Not only do I enjoy using a variety of media in my work,I also enjoy thinking about different ways to present my work. This was encouraged at college where we had to produce a triptych.According to the Oxford Dictionary a triptych is :‘a set of three associated artistic,literary or musical works intended to be appreciated […]

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  • It’s been quite a day-big family gathering to celebrate my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary which when we’re spread across Scotland and England is quite some achievement. As a memento I made then a box-work incorporating a photocopy of them on their wedding day on hand-made paper,gold ribbon and a golden heart -for love and their […]

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