Through my attachment to the Caithness Landscape my work primarily focuses on the mystery of the peat bog, both physically and metaphorically. To me, this body of wetland represents an essence of deep time, as the chemicals within in preserve the past, allowing us to retrogress to a life before. As peat is formed at a rate of 1mm a year, it demonstrates a timeline much bigger than our own and holds an abundance of history. It illustrates that time goes on without us, that nature is always moving and evolving, something that I aim to express through my paintings.
Through my work I explore tensions and boundaries between this unspoilt, raw land and the artificial and man-made. By doing this I hope to reveal the seemingly small, insignificant geological and ecological aspects of nature and gain a greater appreciation. This sense of history and the time in my work is reflected through the layering of materials: paint, resin and Perspex. Paint is added and subtracted, in a battle mimicking the processes in which humans have exploited and scarred the land. I hope to convey through my paintings the movement, relentlessness and persistence of nature.
2013-2017 Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
2018 RSW Student Prize
2016 Carnegie Scholarship, Travel Bursary to Denmark
2018 Press and Journal
2017 The List
2018 Inscape, The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen
2018 Terra Firma, Gallowgate Studios, Glasgow
2018 RSW 137th Annual Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh
2017 Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
2017 Gray’s School of Art Painting Exhibition, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh
2017 Whatever Sticks, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 Rapid, AU, Vienna, Austria
2013 JOLOMO Landscape Awards, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh