About me . . . .   

I was born in Scotland and grew up in Kelburn castle, based next to a lively seaside town called Largs on the west coast. Kelburn is a magical and dreamlike place which has been an abundant source of inspiration for me and for many others throughout the years. The variety of beauty that enlightens your senses, combined with the eccentricity of my family and events that take place in and around the house, have been continual fuel for my imagination. Currently the castle walls are covered with animated, effervescent Brazillian graffiti, a one-off, original project called, 'The Graffiti Project', which took place in May 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I am one of the many people who studied the wrong course at university. I chose Interior Architecture as I loved designing and making model houses. There were many elements of Interior Architecture I enjoyed but I rarely got to physically make and create. The environments I created were always based around contrasting materials and textures, which I believe heightens one's senses and subconsciously arouses one’s psyche. I designed a film house as well as an art gallery and art and design library, and was commended for my original concepts and schemes. However, I now know I want to be creating art work rather than spaces that house it.

I went on to do a Masters in Interior Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. Whilst there I became more and more envious of the other students who were covered in paint, working in the workshops and more free to express themselves. I was getting frustrated with hypothetical projects and longed to make pieces that were tangible. 

'Bridges Gallery', Masters Project 2006

Doing Interior architecture has influenced my art work and made it distinctive. I also managed to produce and exhibit my art during this period despite the intensity of the course. I have taken my vision of creating atmospheric and sensory spaces that tells a story through the fabric of the building and incorporated these ideas into my paintings and collages.

After I presented my final masters project to the examiners, they asked me where and what I was going to do next. I said, 'I was going to stay in Scotland and become an artist’. I got side tracked and co-directed a massively successful arts project in Scotland, felt a surge of hubris and came to London with high expectations. I worked within an architects practice for my first year in London, but knew I should be doing my artwork. The time came to stop procrastinating, reassess what was important to me, prioritize, and dedicate myself to what I feel passionate about. Just like most things, it’s the starting which is the hard part, but if you feel zealous enough, it then becomes impossible to stop.