I am an Artist and Educator. After graduating from Art College in Dublin, I worked for two years as an Archaeological Illustrator on Viking excavations in Waterford city, before going on to study Illustration as a Post-Graduate student at Edinburgh College of Art. I have never looked back! Alongside my practice as a Visual Artist, I offer creative mentoring to individuals and small groups in my studio in central Edinburgh. I create and lead workshops for groups, whilst being lead tutor for The School's Outreach Programme at Leith School of Art and a Visiting Lecturer in the Illustration Department at Edinburgh College of Art (The University of Edinburgh). For many years I was a lecturer in The School of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, at The University of Dundee, where I am currently External Examiner for The International Foundation Course (ICD).
Passionate in my desire to forge relationships between images and poetry, in particular, I create paintings and assemblages in 2 and 3D, often in collaboration with writers, poets and other artists, or to commission and also exhibit regularly. Underpinning all of my work is the joy of making things, of handling materials and responding to their unique qualities and capabilities. The book forms and 3D constructions that I craft tend to be intimate in scale - as a guide, these may be held in the hand - and embody a balance between strength and fragility, while my paintings and 2D mixed-media works range in scale from 20 x 20 cm to 60 x 100 cm and, occasionally, larger, as in some of my commissioned pieces. Prices start at £150 and commissions are individually priced, depending on both the materials and scale being employed. Please get in touch via the contact form on this site to discuss.
Publications have included ‘Room to Rhyme’ (2004) a lavishly illustrated edition of the text of a speech given by the poet, Seamus Heaney, “a place where thought happens…” (2006) an Artist’s Book with poet, Larry Butler and jewellery designer, Teena Ramsay and “For A’ That” (2009) an anthology of contemporary writing made in response to Robert Burns, with contributions from Janice Galloway, Kirsty Gunn, Bill Manhire, DBC Pierre and others.
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