I am a Scottish figurative artist living and working in Highgate. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (2003) and then The Royal Drawing School (2008) I have received several awards including winning the Aspect Prize (one of the largest painting prizes in the UK). In recent years I have been short-listed for major awards including The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, The Scottish Portrait Award and The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Award.
I enjoy working from different subjects – whether it is still life, portraiture or landscape – with each requiring different modes of working. I find landscape to be the most challenging of these subjects and where I make the most discoveries. Landscape painting is a wholly immersive experience; when working I am less aware of the passing of time and more able to shake away inhibitions. I think this allows me to work more freely and to embrace the ‘accidental’.