The Art Studio and The Work
I was born in Edinburgh. Growing up in Scotland and enjoying the vibrancy and intensity of the Scottish landscape and clarity of light, my rich visual appreciation of colour is embedded in my roots as a Scottish Colourist.
Great, great granddaughter of Scottish architect, David Bryce, I have lived and worked in London since 1978.
My paintings are large, very often, using a 10ft minimum height. I work on unstretched canvas, tacking it directly to the studio floor. This enables me to reach the centre of my paintings. I walk onto the canvas to reach the centre. When the majority of the painting is wet, I attach paintbrushes to a broom handle to enable me to reach the centre. I work on unprimed canvas, staining rich colour hues into the canvas fibres. The work is exhibited unstretched, as the sensitive outer edges are part of the emotional content of the painting.
My work is big, bold, generous and colourful. Layers of colour resonate within these paintings.
Since the advent of digital photography, I have incorporated photography more and more into my visual arts practice. Photography is a visual enquiry resonating with emotional intensities of perception, form and space.
Walking with my camera is a visually intense experience in a fast moving City environment. I love the beat!
I have exhibited my work both locally and nationally. My paintings have been filmed for an independent production for Channel 4, and for Lewisham College.
I continue to work as an educator in the field of Fine Art.