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.
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 his work still inspires me to this day.
In 2006-2011, I moved abroad to the Middle East, living in both Cairo and Dubai. 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 visit these locations.
I returned to Scotland in 2011 and I've had a studio with WASPS since 2016 in Edinburgh. From that time I have been experimenting with my style to develop a more realistic effect in my characters which are always staged against abstracted backgrounds or settings. My main aim is to increase my use of colour, texture, and pattern to create artworks which are emotive with a strong narrative.