During my life in art, I have always been searching for a place where I felt both freely expressive and technically reasonably competent. Both components are essential. Without feeling and expression, art for me is meaningless. Without knowledge, in terms of both skill and ideas, it is impossible to develop further. It has taken me many years to find this place and I am of course still learning and still discovering my voice and my language.
The hallmark of my expressive art is simple and direct mark-making which embodies my feelings and my whole being. This could be abstract colour shapes on cloth, or black and white drawings or prints on paper. Often it takes a long period of study for this successful spontaneity to work. Years of experience and intense focus are distilled into a few quick lines or marks. I like to work with charcoal or liquid medium such ink wash because they function as an extension of my hand and indeed my whole body.
For the past few years I have been drawing horses. I have always loved and drawn horses since I was a small child, and I am now rediscovering this delight. I am fascinated by the complex form of the horse and by its beauty, and by the simultaneous combination of great power and sensitivity. Their energy is a great creative catalyst. I am constantly learning more about them and their construction and movement. My curiosity about drawing and painting horses has led me to study the human figure, and in 2019 my exhibition in Dunblane, “Being Human – together” will be about human beings rather than horses. A very different and much more subjective experience.
I love to meet people who enjoy my art and discuss it with me and offer their ideas. Please do visit me at the events listed for 2019 or get in touch via this website on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also enjoy painting with dye on cloth and I created and ran a successful business for many years, making hand-painted silks and cottons into clothing and accessories, sold throughout the UK, USA and Japan. In the search to develop my designs and skills further, I returned to Glasgow School of Art and graduated from the Painting School in 2001. I am now more focused on drawing, painting and printmaking within a contemporary art context.