ARTIST STATEMENT
I am a visual artist, illustrator and writer from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. My work has an illustrative quality with a responsiveness to drawing, painting and print, often incorporating written word alongside or as part of the work itself.  My practice has developed alongside a fascination for folk tradition, particularly with traditional song and dance, celebrating the working man and woman, as well as commemorating craftsmanship, hardship, unswerving determination and devotion. I am interested in historical rural and industrial work life, the profound relationship that humans have with the natural world and the way in which that connection influences traditional music, song and dance. I endeavour to value and breathe verve into poetic and powerful storytelling that arises within traditional customs.
EDUCATION
2003 – 2007
Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Printmaking BA (Hons) 2:1
EXHIBITIONS
2015
The Found Gallery, Dunbar
Sage Maker’s Fair, Sage Gateshead
2014
The Late Shows, Ouseburn Community Farm, Newcastle upon Tyne
Whitby Folk Week Art and Craft Fair, Whitby
2013
ARDENT FORM with Resonate Collective, McNaughtan’s Gallery, Edinburgh
2009
Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Nairn
North East Open Studios, Oriel Art, Aberdeenshire
2008
Aberdeen Artist’s Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen
North East Open Studios, Oriel Art, Aberdeenshire
2007
RSA Student Exhibition, Edinburgh
2007
North East Open Studios, Oriel Art, Aberdeenshire
2006
Aberdeen Artist’s Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen
COMMISSIONS
2016
Dance England Festival promotional poster design
Illustration for folk artist Maz O’Connor for the album launch of The Longing Kind
2015
Silkscreen print design for folk artists The Unthanks’ Memory Box Collection
Logo design for The Unthanks’ Home Gathering Festival
Album artwork for folk artist Niamh Boadle on Maid On The Shore
Promotional film poster design for Candle and Bell on the release of The Lost Girl
Illustrated site map for the Underneath the Stars Festival
Wedding Invite design for Louisa & Nathan’s autumn Northumbrian wedding
Promotional poster designs for Community Choir Groups in Newcastle upon Tyne
Merchandise design for Whitby Folk Week
2014
Album and merchandise artwork for folk artists The Unthanks on Mount The Air
Website and merchandise art work for Whitby Folk Week
EP artwork for folk artists David Wood & Kevin Lees
Wedding Invite design for Ruth & Allan’s summer Northumbrian wedding
Album artwork for folk artist Bryony Griffith on Nightshade
2012
Album artwork for folk duo Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson on Lady Diamond
Illustration for Eve, a poem by Kev Theaker
PUBLICATIONS
2015
Lothian Life Short Story Competition winner for A Trip of Dotterel
“The English and Scots languages are abundant in strong, supple words and the author of A Trip of Dotterel clearly worked hard to find exactly the right ones to bring her story to life. The rich, rhythmic details and beguiling imagery pull you in and hold you there. I feel as if I am soaring upwards with “Dotterel” as she embraces nature and heads homewards.” Marrianne Wheelaghan
2016
Shetland Create Magazine publication of A Trip of Dotterel and poem Hame.