Although I now reside in Ireland I am originally from across the water in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I always enjoyed drawing and painting from an early age and I practically lived in the art department at secondary school. My proudest artistic moment was when I won a competition and I got to see my work displayed in the National Art Gallery in Edinburgh.
I went to Edinburgh College of Art and studied Landscape Architecture. I worked as a Landscape Architect/Designer for 8 years before having my family. I continued to paint sporadically as life took over with young kids, but as they get older I have more time to pursue my passion.
Although I had dabbled with many media including oils, pastels and acrylic and have painted many subject matters including portraits, I always come back to Landscape and in particular Townscapes with pen and watercolour.
I am currently a member of Inis Artists, a society limited to 15 professional and amateur fine artists living and working in Co. Clare. I am often exhibiting pieces in various parts of Ireland as part of this group. Details of upcoming exhibitions can be found on the Inis Artists webpage or on my Facebook page.
I live in the beautiful, picturesque village of Quin. The landscape of the surrounding areas in Clare and Galway is breathtaking and I am so lucky to have it on my doorstep. I often spend time when on a day trip with my family stopping in obscure and strange places to take photographs for my next painting. I particularly love the stone landscape of the Burren and the drystone walls fascinate me.
I love to put people into my paintings. I think they bring a sense of everyday normality to the scene, while at the same time, bringing them to life. Mundane yet whimsical. The titles of the pieces reflect what the people are doing, thinking or feeling rather than the scene itself.