I have been a little nostalgic as I contemplate my direction of creativity for 2018. I have been looking at my journey through college from my early expressive works to my figurative works in the final 2 years. The one thing in have found in all of them is the constant fight with what is considered a drawing!

It was once asked of me by a tutor l had, what makes a drawing a drawing, and a painting a painting? l must admit I thought this was a particularly confusing question at the time, but through various experimentations with medium and subject and l have arrived at what, with hindsight, is an answer… me!!! I decide when my drawing is a drawing and what the drawing needs for me to consider it so.  It does not have to be a masterpiece, in pencil or realistic… it just has to be! l will be drawing a little more over the coming year and who knows what this may be… l sure don’t, but that’s where the fun is!

I hope you all have a wonderfully creative 2018, but before you go check out my new sketchbook page that shows a little of my more illustrative works.


Jazz Before Christmas

I have some work exhibited at this event at the Aerial Art House, Edinburgh. Here is a wee sample of what I will be showing…Friday 22nd December, 6-9pm. All work will be for sale.  It is £5 entry and there will be a wide variety of arts on show from live music and art to physical performances of all kinds… come along and enjoy a break from the Christmas shopping rush!!

Winter Sun I

All funds raised will go towards making the Aerial Art House building warmer for the winter!

“half full” or “half empty”

During the creation of work, I really enjoy embracing colour on any level, having experimented with a limited palette to a multi-coloured frenzy.  The pieces featured are on the latter end of the scale where I have continued to reflect on colour schemes evident of “half full” rather than “half empty”.

I have been repeating the same small walk on many occasions in an area that has only had houses on it for around 20 years or so, making me think of the many things good and bad that have happened in this little area of the walkway, and the impact they have on people living in the wider geographical area, whilst continuing to keenly listen and be aware of the surrounding beauty of the frost crunching underfoot and the wildlife that inhabits here.  It is all part of the enticing beauty of the place lost among the houses that now possess the majority of the site.  I will go on to share empathy of place and people through my colourful works of happiness and mixed media expressionism.

The emotional response of “empathy” has to come from a person that has developed healthy social attachments as it requires a complex set of skills that can only be learned… although I secretly think that some people can be slightly more naturally attuned to the emotional state of others… the problem comes when trying to manage these little nuances.  However, there are very real reasons why a person cannot process emotions of this sort, but that is another post.  The three major components are mentalising, prosocial concern and experience sharing.  Outwith the realm of being a psychologist, it is felt that my empathy falls into the mentalising category as I try to take on another person’s perspective.

Here are a few of my mixed media works so far…



Working on a few landscapes at the minute using mixed media to stretch my boundaries, of what drawing and mark making actually can be. Through the creation of multiples and possibly a series of works, l start to realise that l am powered completely by my emotions (not anything new if you know me) and led by the weather on this very glorious wintery day (Tuesday).  This, for me, is only a small step in the process of these works, which will in time grow to truly represent the vision in my mind of the areas l visit while walking the dog.

When out walking l listen, sometimes hearing nothing or just the distant noises of people and animals, and use this to invoke the feeling of when l was visiting this place. It doesn’t take long for my mind to start to wander and drift to the main driver of my work… people!! l tend to think who was visiting here today, what did they do, who were they with, what were they thinking, what is happening in their life… Can we really through imagination/ empathy/ voyeurism walk in another person’s shoes? I would say that is where this research is beginning to take me… and it is sure to be a divergent jaunt of discovery!


Alliance Group Exhibition

JPEG Poster - Alliance Group Exhibition

Working on a group exhibition in West Lothian: Alliance.  It is a means to demonstrate the building of a community of creatives in the local area to the benefit of all involved and the wider community.  The exhibition opens on Friday 24th November until 22nd December 2017 at The Regal Theatre, Bathgate.

It features the work of:

Steve Salvini
Elaine Russell
Laura McCarlie
Ronan Cahill
Brenda Johnstone
Sally Lamont
Janice McGregor
Monika Skarzynska
Wendy Smith

Come along and support your local artists.

A x

Degree Show Work in Progress

I have been working in a variety of sizes this year from very small to extremely large.  The focus however has been to create a visual record of the transition from sketchbook on bereavement ideas to a few final works that convey my research supported thinking on the subject.

As part of the degree show I have been working on a large mural that is placed in the Millennium Link Corridor of the City of Glasgow College and is supplementary to the Show on the 6th Floor.  I am not at this time putting a photograph of the large work here but will give a wee flavour of what’s to come with this!


These works are very small and talk of the juxtaposition of colourful rainbows and minority happenings reflecting our need for majority thinking for normality and acceptance.