What’s your background?
I studied at Edinburgh College of Art as well as at Leith School of Art where I focused on large and atmospheric landscapes and seascapes in oil. I always was arty from a very early age and loved every type of medium. I have grown up in a few different countries and have always loved the wildlife in the countryside which my focus is now on. I live in the Scottish Borders which gives me a huge amount of inspiration. I have exhibited globally; New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Calgary, Boston and Edinburgh.
Explain what you do in 100 words
I paint in a vibrantly unique way, using a pheasant’s tail feathers and ink to create exciting paintings. My work focuses on animal wildlife. I take on commissions of all subject matter. I live in the Scottish Countryside and have travelled a great deal where I get a huge amount of inspiration from.
What five words best describe your work?
A modern take on traditional
Expressive, different, dramatic, unique, vivid
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a few commissions as well as paintings for The Affordable Art Fair. I have just signed a contract with Edinburgh Zoological Society to create some designs for them. I am also working on an elephant (called Bernard by my two sons!) that will be exhibited around cities throughout the world in the Elephant Parade. http://www.elephantparade.com
Which three artists most inspire you?
I love the artist Emily Lamb I think her work is exceptional I also love Keith Sykes, I think his technique is so unique. I have always adored Hamish Mackie’s work, he captures movement and character of wild animals incredibly.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Someone once said that I could never be a professional, successful artist as well as a businesswoman and that has given me more drive than anything to prove people wrong.
Favourite or most inspirational place in Yorkshire?
The North Yorkshire moors are stunning and you really feel alive when out in the middle of them I also adore York, such history and architecture is phenomenal.