Artist Statement

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. 

 

C.V

Education

2013-2017   Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Awards

2018   RSW Student Prize

2016   Carnegie Scholarship, Travel Bursary to Denmark

Selected Exhibitions

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