I was brought up on the Isle of Bute, and attended the old Rothesay Academy Primary and Secondary Schools. Here, I took Higher Art, taught by Lyn Bulloch and Ian Scott.
At Aberdeen University, I studied German, French and History of Art, and continued to paint and draw on a casual basis.
On graduating, I moved to England to begin a career in education, first as a teacher of French and German in Oxfordshire, then as a teacher trainer at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. This left little time for art, and so it was not until I retired, and returned to live on Bute, that I was able to devote my energies to painting again.
Using acrylics, I paint mainly seascapes, landscapes, and landmarks from around the island. I also spend time in Kintyre, where I am a member of a group of artists called ‘Carradale Coastal Creatives’. I paint from photographs, and undertake commissions. Some of my paintings are also available as cards and postcards.
Recently, I have begun working with craft resin, taking inspiration from local beaches to create a range of products, all featuring shells, stones, sand and seaweed. These include coasters, tea light holders, window hangings, key rings and necklaces.