Biography

My drawings and paintings are, for the most part, based on direct observation. I prefer to work with the subject matter in front of me as opposed to working from photographs. My aim is not so much to produce a photographic likeness but rather an emotional response to the subject matter as I see it. By working before the subject matter I am able to experience the weather (when outside), the atmosphere and the entire setting.

I was born in the Scottish Borders and first came to London to do my Foundation at Hornsey College of Art. I went on to Middlesex Polytechnic and then to the Royal College Art, where I continued to study textiles. On leaving the RCA, I freelanced in textile design until I made the switch to painting in the early 1980s. I have exhibited on a regular basis and have taught at a number of art schools, including Middlesex University.

Currently, I work from my studio in Stoke Newington; I also continue to teach part-time.

Biography
Solo exhibitions
2007        Sutton House, Hackney, London E9.
1996 Heifer Gallery, Islington, London.
1991 Tall House Gallery, Southwark, London.
1986-9 Mainhill Gallery, Jedburgh, Scotland.
1982 Axis Gallery, Brighton.
 
Selected group exhibitions
2020 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
2017       Suraya Arts Spring Exhibition.
  Art in the Round, Ice House Gallery, Holland Park.
  Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries.
2016 Suraya Arts Spring Exhibition.
  National Open Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery.
2014 Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Open Exhibition, London.
2012 Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London.
  Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
2011 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London.
  Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, King’s Place Gallery, London.
  Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
2009 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
2005-6 Battersea Art Fair, London.
2005 Images in the City, Geffrye Museum, London.
2003 National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2001-3 Glasgow Art Fair.
1996-8 Artists in Print, Atrium Gallery, London.
1993 City Gallery, Leicester.
1985 Thirty Young Artists, Royal Overseas League, London.
1984 Royal Academy Summer Show, London.  
1983 Whitechapel Open, London.
Horse and rider Watercolour and gouache, 20x20cm. Selected for Discerning Eye 2010.
Horse and rider Watercolour and gouache, 20x20cm. Selected for Discerning Eye 2010.
Silhouettes in a landscape Oil on canvas, 39.5x39.5cm. Selected for Discerning Eye 2009.
Silhouettes in a landscape Oil on canvas, 39.5×39.5cm. Selected for Discerning Eye 2009.
Self-Portrait Acrylic on canvas, 57x48 cm. Selected for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competiton 2011.
Self-Portrait Acrylic on canvas, 57×48 cm. Selected for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competiton 2011.