I studied Art and Design at the Froebel Institute, London as the main component of my teaching degree. I have worked with textiles, printing and mixed media, but since taking early retiral from teaching – a much enjoyed career – I have lately concentrated on painting, both watercolour and oil. I have continued my studies with the Open College of the Arts, and at Glasgow School of Art Continuing Education, always trying to extend my approach to painting.
I paint on location whenever possible – nothing can replace the immediate impact of transitory sunlight, the wind on cloud and water, and the sounds of the sea. I am particularly captivated by the light over the Highlands, and by the ever-changing water – such a feature of our wonderful landscape. I also love the shape and movement of boats, and enjoy the beautiful colours and textures of the Fife coastal villages.
Of course, given our climate, I extend my work in my attic studio, exploring the themes gathered in sketches and photographs on my travels throughout Scotland. I rarely paint a scene I have not experienced first-hand, when I can use my memory to supplement a photograph.
It gives me great delight to share my work with people who have enjoyed similar views and scenes. I am always ready to undertake commissions, and enjoy re-creating a special place in a painting. My pictures are in many private collections in Scotland and around the world.
I take part in several exhibitions in addition to the display in Mugdock Makkers gallery. These include Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie and the annual charity exhibitions for Macmillan Cancer Relief and Revive. I have been proud to be a prize winner at both Bearsden and Milngavie Art Clubs.
Many of my pictures are available as prints, a selection of which are always at Mugdock. A further selection can be seen on my website.
A rewarding recent sideline for me has been the development of a range of painted horseshoes. These can be done in any colour, and the designs are very varied. They can be used as house-warming gifts, wedding favours, or simply to say “good luck”! I am pleased to personalise a horseshoe, or work to a particular colour scheme for a wedding.