After leaving Glasgow Art School in 1990 I became a self employed artist/maker, gaining commissions, selling limited edition textile pieces and producing bespoke art textiles.
As an artist specialising in textiles, I worked both individually and as part of a team under an Artistic Director to produce site specific commissions. Having developed many different textile media approaches throughout my career to suit different environments, my work has included combinations of materials such as plastics, metals, natural fibres, silk papers and felting.
I essentially aim to produce a unique experience for each site.
In the past most of the work I have produced has been large scale site specific commissions for venues such as Glasgow's Homeopathic Hospital, Shivas Regal Renfrew, Astra Pharmaceuticals Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital Livingston, Strathlachlan Castle Argyll, Inver Cottage Restaurant Argyll.
Having had a successful career, and gaining a wealth of experience in the art world, I then decided it would be fun to share the joy of investigation and creativity with young people. After having worked in local schools and gaining experience, I obtained a PGCE teaching qualification in 2003. Throughout teaching I have always encouraged understanding through art and exploration. Although I have been in education as an Art Specialist since completing my teacher Training , I have recently reduced the number of days committed to schools in order to be able to focus on my own artistic development.
As always my recent work is inspired by the natural world, reflections of skies and water, the play of light and imagination. I try to produce rich layers of colour and texture by using an experimental approach with materials and mixes. I have created a series of mixed media paintings and textile based installations for a recent exhibition; a combination of framed and free hanging pieces.
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