I live on an acreage in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, the property is surrounded by
bushland and we have extensive gardens. The plants, trees, flowers, insects, and all
manner of wildlife provide me with inspiration and the starting point for my creative
pursuits. I prefer not to copy what I see, but to create a new experience based on the
feelings stirred in me by the subject matter. It is the joy, colour, and beauty of my
surroundings I wish to express in the purest way possible.
I love the freedom and release of painting and drawing. I have always been a creative soul
but only recently have I taken art seriously, in a very playful and joyous kind of way.
Although Australia is my home and I draw inspiration from the natural world around me,
Scotland is my heritage so I combine these varied experiences along with my travels and
my imagination to create a new world of my own. I love colour and adventure, my pictures
start with a simple idea and the paint leads into an unknown carnival of colour, line and
shape. My sensibilities are abstract (or maybe semi-abstract) and I am very inspired by
artists like Picasso, Kandinsky and Matisse and too many contemporary aboriginal artists
to mention. I think we are most creatively free when we are very young and I have made it
my mission to retain this pure, joyous form of expression.