From my studio at Beach Gallery next to a quiet bay on Hoy I run art workshops for visitors taking inspiration from the beauty of this stunning location - shells, birds & corals are subjects for classes that explore abstract art & aim to free up creative inhibitions.
My own art practice is conceptual in nature & my work is generally larger scale sculpture & installations. I make art that expresses the notion of continuity & perseverance & this is a recurrent theme in all my work, whatever the medium. I’m interested in how things change by undergoing trauma, often emerging more beautiful after the experience. This has caused me to create sculpture of burnt wood or cut paper & I often work back into surfaces using unconventional things such as building materials. Due to the conceptual basis of the work, I don’t stick with any particular medium because I choose materials & processes that help to express the concept of ‘continuity’. I have exhibited & sold work internationally & am qualified to Masters level.
I relocated to Hoy from Cheshire in 2017 after working with a diverse range of community groups to run exhibitions, artists studios & creative workshops & partnered extensively with local councils & businesses on community engagement projects.