My practice combines creating art, tutoring and developing community art projects. I have included some further information about my work experience below:
I incorporate printmaking techniques, acrylics, inks, blind drawing and dry media in my work. My work is quite experimental and involves a lot of blind drawing – mainly depicting people. I have exhibited extensively in Scotland and also in the north of England, London and Italy. My artwork is held in private collections all over the world, from the USA to Thailand.
Over the past few years, I have curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions with as many as 60 artists. I have assisted with exhibition installation including events at the Glasgow Art Club, The Lighthouse, Southside Fringe and Redlees Studios London. I acted as co-director of social enterprise Art On Scotland until 2016 planning art and design markets in Glasgow city centre.
This aspect of my working life has provided the opportunity to work with community groups, schools, social enterprises and charities. I have facilitated workshops as part of larger projects for employers such as the NHS and East Ayrshire Council. Other projects have taken place in community gardens and public events. I have also organised my own courses and classes independently.
The link between mental health and creativity is integral to my art practice. I believe that finances should not be a barrier to engaging in art activities and place a great deal of value upon working with organisations that support this. I prioritised opportunities to work with the support bases in my time as a secondary school Art and Design teacher and underwent training in Nurturing Practices. The artistic process supports people in expressing themselves and releasing tension. I am very interested in psychology and have applied for a counselling course that will enable me to support my workshop participants further and increase my ability to combine creative exercises with counselling skills.