I was born in 1972 and grew up in Girvan, Ayrshire where I was exceptionally lucky in having the landscape artist James Harrigan as my mentor and art teacher at secondary school. Jim strongly encouraged me to consider art as a career, and it's thanks to him that I developed my passion for art and applied to art college.
From 1990-94 I studied painting at Grays School of Art. During the following year I lived in Cyprus, where I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in painting at the Cyprus College of Art in Lemba. I returned to Gray's School of Art in 1996-97 to do a Masters Degree. During both periods at Gray's I was inspired by different tutors - especially the artists Robbie Bushe and Michael Agnew.
In 2005, as a result of winning the Peacock Visual Arts Edition Prize at the Aberdeen Artists Society, I was very privileged to work alongside the late Jonathan Jones at Peacock Visual Arts. Jonathan was a huge support at that time and he still inspires me to this day.
In 2006-2011, I moved abroad to Cairo, Dubai and Basel. I particularly wanted to visit Egypt because of the ethnic style and appearance of my work. I especially enjoyed painting desert inspired landscapes and was often asked if I had travelled to or lived in Egypt or Africa. I felt at that time, for my paintings to progress in style, I really needed to see some actual deserts. I had applied unsuccessfully for travel grants - as a result of this I decided that working as an international educator would give me the opportunities to travel more extensively.
I returned to Scotland in 2011 and in May 2016 I was lucky to get a studio with WASPS in Leith, Edinburgh. Since that time I have been trying to develop my style to create more realistic looking figures/portraits staged against abstracted backgrounds or settings. My main aim is to increase my use of colour and focus on creating artworks which are more emotive.