Surviving Lockdown

There have been so many hot takes on how to get through lockdown, from the ridiculous “if you haven’t achieved then you never lacked time, you lacked discipline” to the “don’t worry if you spend all of your time in bed, this is a difficult time for all.” We have all had our own problems,…

New logo

I have been an artist blacksmith for 9 years and have finally decided to get a logo. My brilliant friend Rachel E Millar has designed me one, something that takes inspiration from some of my work and combines it with a crisp graphic design style. Although it is difficult to come up with something that…

Why draw?

Drawing has always formed a large part of my practice, it is an element that spans every part of a project. Working with line drawing allows me to create pieces full of character, sweeping lines twist back on themselves, free and full of movement. I feel that line can describe motion and fluidity, especially when…

Hands, feet, and cloth

A few years ago, I determined to improve my drawing by doing a drawing a day. However, I was always so busy during the day that what this meant in practice was that I mostly drew while sitting on the sofa at the end of the day and the sketches were of everything I could…

Feet and Hands – Paula Rego

Last weekend I finally managed to visit Paula Rego’s Obedience and Defiance exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It is an exhibition full of paintings and drawings that span the length of her career.  Her work is full of symbolism, with animals used often to depict the ways we harm and care…

Hugh MacDiarmid Mural

The wonderful Outpost Arts in Langholm have commissioned a series of artists to create murals to be installed around the town centre, exploring and celebrating what makes the town special. Although Langholm already has a monument to Hugh MacDiarmid, I thought it would be good to link his writing to the nature that can be…

Craft and Mental Health

There has been a lot written about craft and mental health, and there are a growing number of people who engage in craft related activities as a form of mindfulness or relaxation. It has become big business, from colouring books for adults to knitting clubs, and there has been huge resurgence in ceramics due in part…

Alloa Mural

This was a piece commissioned by a housing association in Alloa to replace a stained glass work that had been vandalised. Let’s hope that this one is more difficult to break!

Life Drawing

Recently, I have found myself drawn to paring back the ideas I had, drawing with fewer lines. These simple life drawing pieces had been in my mind for a while, and I have been making them in the moments between projects. These drawings are from self portraits, but are inspired by ideas of what women…

Deadlines and Dead times 

As a self-employed artist, work is often either feast or famine. You tend to work solidly at something and then deliver it, and then find yourself lost with little to do, reaching for the next opportunity. These interludes in between work are a strange time, they appear full of promise as you approach them, but…