I was born in 1953 in Galloway in South-west Scotland. I spent much of my childhood 'guddling around' in the river and woodland near my home, encouraged by my father to appreciate the peculiar beauty and oddness of nature's creepy crawlies, as well as the more obvious beauty of leaf and flower, and a sense of wonder and awe at the delicate mechanisms of minute forms as much as in the majestic magnificence of spectacular scenery.
I trained initially in studio ceramics at John Davey Pottery in Kirkcudbrightshire. While training primarily in wheel-thrown domestic stoneware, I also began to explore clay as a sculptural medium, using hand-building and other construction techniques.
There followed a period of childrearing, during which I continued to develop my art practice; drawing, ceramic sculpture and the study of art history.
I then studied sculpture and printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, graduating with honours in 1992.
I settled in the Scottish Borders in 1993, in a secluded cottage a few miles outside of Jedburgh. There I have my studio, my cats and my garden, and enough wildness on my doorstep to keep me happy.
I employ a range of materials to explore my ideas, including ceramics, printmaking and charcoal drawings, creating abstract works which are inspired by the minute detail to be found in some of the smallest elements of plant and animal life.
The ideas I strive to express are personal reflections on life's emotional and spiritual challenges and my delight in the natural world.