Originally from Scotland, I immigrated to Canada in 2014. I taught Art and Design in Scottish Further Education colleges for over 22 years. In that time I experimented with many different techniques, mediums and styles, refining my skills to produce many portrait commissions for private clients, family and friends.
I started experimenting with the layering of my work and the inclusion of photo montage and collage a few years ago as I wanted my art works to be more than just simple portraits, and as different as possible from other artist's work. I want each piece I create to really tell the story of the person’s life. Most of my new portrait works are created at quite a large scale and take many, many hours to complete as every single image in my complex and colourful background collages is cut out and pieced together by hand. In my portraits I use a wide variety of mediums including pencil, colour pencil, fine-line pen, graphic marker, acrylic paint, inks and cut and layered paper. I am heavily influenced by music, movies, sports, advertising, graphic novels, comic books, iconography and the Pop Art masters.
Awards & Recognitions
Between February and September 2013 I designed an exciting new Creative Art and Design Project at New College Lanarkshire. This gave my student groups the opportunity to work with professionals from the Creative Industries. For this project I secured nearly £15,000.00 in Arts Funding (which involved writing several Funding Applications). The Creative Futures Project was launched October 2013 by Andy Scott, the internationally renowned Public Artist, and this initiative gave my students the chance to produce creative Art & Design work that would celebrate and promote the 2104 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The project won a Bronze Medal in the Game Changer Awards (April 2014) in the Creative and Cultural Success category. This award celebrated the creative and innovative work produced in the project to promote the Commonwealth Games. We also delivered 2 extremely successful exhibitions of student work in June 2014.