Fine Art and Ceramics
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All my life I have scribbled, painted, arranged objects and made work in my head. As a child I had little in the way of materials but created with twigs, flowers, rocks and shells. I scribbled in margins and with a stick on the earth. Inspired by a story about a young Titian using flower petals from his native hill side I dreamt of being an artist but my studies were directed elsewhere.
At teacher training college taking art as my aesthetic option offered tuition and free access to a range of materials and equipment. I still remember the joy of tins of oil paint and large boards to work on. Since then whenever possible I have attended part time courses run by various artists and institutions including Glasgow School of Art.
In my current art work I am not confined to a style but instead allow my relationship to the subject to dictate my approach to the work and materials used.
During the last few years I have discovered the joy of ceramics. Like my other art work, pieces are individually designed and inspired by surroundings and emotions at the time of creation. I work in stoneware. I biscuit fire then glaze my pots or occasionally smoke them in a bonfire.
I chose the name 'Swallows Perch Studio' because I work in my garage and in the summer am surrounded by swallows perching on my house roof and nesting in my woodshed.
From November 2021 till the end of May 2022 I rented a studio at WASPS, Cannonwalls, Kirkcudbright. I used the time to rediscover oil painting. I walked my dog down the river and came back and painted.
Castle Douglas PA pop up; https://papop-up.co.uk;
Scottish Artists Union;
Paisley Art Institute;
Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Association