This is an ongoing series of portraits that I started on my travels and has continued 2 years into my time up in the Highlands. Candid drawings made of people that I may know, and sometimes strangers. I am interested in the details that we often miss as we so often focus on faces. In a world dominated by ‘selfies’ I love noticing the ‘other side’. Creating these allows me to completely focus on the way that someone moves, their physical characteristics and dress. These are all draw straight off in pen as I enjoy being in the moment and not having to correct and change what could be seen as ‘mistakes’. I aim to capture the essence of that individual whilst they go about their daily lives.
‘I Carry You’
Having only lived up in the Highlands for around 4 months before we were thrown into lock down I found myself an ‘incomer’ as we’re called up here, with no way of really getting to know the folk in my community. Reading about the history of the fisher folk in my village bought to light the amazing strength of the fisher women, who would carry their husbands piggy back to the boats in the morning to stop them starting their shift wet and cold. This portrait project is a celebration of those women and of all the wonderful women and those they chose to carry that I met during this project.
My aim is still to display these on the beach by the firth where they were shot but for now I would like to share them here as its almost 2 years since I started this project in my community.
Huge thanks to these wonderful folk that stepped out into the water with me and shared some of their stories during 2020. x
(if you scroll back you can read my original post for this project)
Moons & cycles. Rapeseed in Blue.
In 2019 I created a series of works entitled ’18 Moons’. These abstract circular moon pieces were a response to the 18 months of travel I had been on and reflected that period of time through collage, print and paint in circular form.
I am revisiting this way of working and my love and celebration of colour. This latest series responds to the colour clashes of spring time up here in the Highlands of Scotland.
I’ve named this series ‘Rapeseed in Blue’.
Mixed media hand cut circles mounted on 330g/m2 Acid free Watercolour paper.
Not your usual landmarks
I am working on an ongoing series of drawings entitled ‘Not your usual landmarks’
These drawings were born out of my love of those off beat/un-noticed scenes and places in my locality. The places I notice everyday.
I will be adding to this series as I wander the Black Isle finding more views to commit to paper!
My first 2 offerings. Available as A4 signed prints of original ink drawings, on 320g/sm Pop’set matt paper £20
Created a painted story wall based on my ‘Lockdown drawings’ at the Bikeshed Coffee House in Merkinch, Inverness.
These large scale drawings are all reflective of my first year living up here in the Highlands.
‘I see you, you see me’
Working on combining my ‘lockdown’ drawings with photographs of locally found backgrounds in the form of different surfaces I encounter on my walks.
‘I Carry You’
A photography project inspired by the strong fisher women of Avoch.
‘I see you, you see me’
During this lockdown period I have turned my eye inwards towards my home and the objects that help to create it.
My ‘Cabinet of curiosities’ is a chance for me to take these objects out of context and elevate their status. Like my objects, I have been a constant in this space and in being so, I have observed my belongings transforming, from inanimate to animate.
In creating composite images of these artefacts, I am able to create another layer of meaning as I observe the growing relationship and stories between the objects, led by their unique aesthetics, their sometimes imperfections and their previous lives.