As a multi-disciplined ethnobotanical artist and designer living and working in Aberdeen, plants predominate through my art practice. Since 2010, I have exhibited locally and been commissioned to draw and paint botanical renditions of plants in watercolour and ink, including two articles for the Artist & Illustrator Magazine. Recently inquiry through oil painting, printmaking, photography, and microscopy, in some instances, finding the hidden patternation and structure of the selected plant has honed the sometimes-multifaceted pieces of work to a more abstract view.
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 2020 Creative Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Short Course 2019 PPD sessions at Gray’s School of Art 2017-19 Master’s in Art & Design With Merit Creative Aberdeen 2020 Sustaining Life as a Creative (SLAAC) Northern Arts Club, Aberdeen 2015-2018 Art Tutor in Drawing and Watercolour practices, on a Botanical theme Woodend Barn, Banchory 2014 - 2016 Art Tutor for workshops and classes Society of Botanical Artists, UK 2008 -2011 Diploma in Botanical Illustration With Credit See Salt and Sound Festival, Aberdeen – co-Founder, fundraiser, curator, artist and designer 2007-2009 North East Scotland College, Aberdeen – HND Computer Graphic Design and Production With Merit 2006 Alan Whyte Associates, Collieston 1990 two-month artist internship creating hand drawn illustrations for airbrush artworks, to be used for publication Ruthrieston College, Aberdeen HNC Graphic Art and Design With Merits 1989 – 1991 ONC Graphic Art and Design 1988-1989 Chapel Studios, Aberdeen 1982 – 1984 Photography Assistant Mentored by Victor Tomaszewski-Thom - studio and location photography, darkroom excellence and photographic enhancing
2021 Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Funded by Creative Scotland and Aberdeen City Council. As an established artist, I was awarded a bursary to progress my art practice through the purchase of a digital microscope and surfaces to create a new body of work. 2020 Creative Entrepreneurship postgraduate course at Robert Gordon University supported by Scottish Funding Council, Upskilling funds 2020 Sustaining Life as a Creative programme Funded by Aberdeen City Council.
David Welch Winter Gardens, Aberdeen 2020 Artist in Residence for the Ginkgo biloba project and school children’s art projects in collaboration with the Park Rangers, Duthie Park
Exhibitions Solo 2019 SPHAGNUM - Masters Show 2019, Gray's School of Art 2019 SPHAGNUM pre-Masters exhibition - Concourse Gallery, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 2018 ALLOTMENT and DIGITALIS (WIP) - the 2018 Masters Show, Gray's School of Art 2017/8 GINKGO - Rosemount Osteopathy Surgery, Aberdeen 2017 ROSE and SEED HEADS - NEOS, Garden Studio and exhibition of work, Ferryhill, Aberdeen Joint 2020 Society of Scottish Artists, 30 x 30 (online) 2020 WASPS Winter Exhibition (online) 2020 Gray’s Entrepreneurship Exhibition (online) 2019 Artists Open Studios 'SMALL WORKS' exhibition, WASPS Langstane, Aberdeen. 2019 SPHAGNUM - MA Exposition 4, Gray's School of Art 2018 DIGITALIS - MA Exposition 3, Gray's School of Art 2018 Artists Open Studios and small works exhibition, WASPS Langstane, Aberdeen. 2017 SPHAGNUM (WIP) and other plants - MA Exposition 2, Gray's School of Art 2017 ROSE WHITE - MA Exposition 1, Gray's School of Art
Talks, demos, classes and workshops mainly botanical based at various venues and clubs locally (last 5 years)
Stonehaven Art Club, UDAC, GFAA, Deeside Care Home, NAC, RCCA, Woodend Barn, the Maritime Museum, Friends of Cruickshank Botanical Gardens
Aberdeen University All 240 first (80 x3) year biology students how to draw invertebrates. Inaugural Taxonomy Club meeting - Talk about my art background and taught the 130 attendees to draw Pinus sylvestris cones and needles.