1989-92 – Napier University, Edinburgh – B.A Photography (Distinction). Agfa bursary and Final year award winner ( Hamilton- Tait Award ).
2013- 14 – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee – MFA Art, Society and Publics. Award for outstanding academic achievement.
As an artist my practice is rooted in landscape. I walk, draw, paint, write and film my encounters through the urban environment and the rural. I grew up in the West country, a place of beauty, boredom and economic division. The most exciting thing for us as teenagers was the local disco on a Friday night and waiting for the Top 40 on a Sunday tea-time, trying to tape it on our mono tape recorders. This lack of adventure led to walking, away from home. There were particular routes I would take often, places I got to know in detail. It was a kind of ‘mapping’ , charting the unknown parts of my surrounding landscape. To this day it is something I do on arrival in a new place, except now I make things that articulate what I find as artefact, as document as re-imagined memory of place. The teenage girl is still there, I can’t quite seem to shake her off, but its comforting to know I am still as curious and awkward and persistent.
In 2020 I have been on Rannoch Moor, and more recently in the fields close to where I live.