Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?
I have always drawn right from an early age. One of my 1st jobs at the age of 11 (for pocket money - 50p an hour)! was to trace my Father's technical engineering drawing plans so he could further work into them by adding the heating/plumbing systems etc… I can still recall rubbing (scratching) out the ink with a metal blade if I made a mistake.
What medium do you work in?
Any really, but mostly dip Ink pen/digital colour and more recently I have been dabbling in Pro-Create on my Ipad pro.
What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?
Art was the only real subject I excelled at, at school. I then went onto study Fine Art at Pembrokeshire College in Wales, and then went on to do a degree at Cardiff University. After Uni, I moved to Scotland (where most of my family is from) where I worked in an admin position at a Printers in Edinburgh (doing art commissions on the side). Then at the age of 37 after having a baby, I decided to take the plunge and try and make a living from doing what I love - drawing.
How has your practice changed over time?
It has gone from being a hobby/part time number to a full time venture.
What Does Your Art Mean to You? What Does Your Artwork Represent?
It’s what keeps me sane, especially when I had my little boy - I felt that it was a lifeline. I think it can be easy to neglect yourself when a baby comes into your world, and finding time to draw/create/make helps reconnect you to the person you were before. Which I think is important.
How would you describe your creations?
Fun, bold and colourful.
What inspires you?
Everything, but most recently I have been homing in on mainly Scottish themes from Iconic buildings/landscapes to local dialect.
Where do you show / sell your art?
I sell my cards, prints, products in shops/outlets all over East Lothian (my home turf), Edinburgh, Glasgow and online. I am also showing/selling my work at my first ever big trade show (gulp) at Scotlands Spring Trade Fair in January 2020, at the SECC in Glasgow.
Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?
Absolutely! whether it be encouraging young ones through local school workshops, bringing together groups of people who might struggle to interact without a creative medium, art can also help a community have a sense of identity and pride. I also think artists/creatives/thinkers can help open up debates and challenge what most of us perceive as ‘normal’ turning things on their heads and offering fresh perspectives.
Who are your biggest influences?
My style right now is clean, simple, minimal lines on a bold, punchy (mainly single) coloured background (this came about after having my child ...as I had to work fast and efficiently)! Before this I had a much more scratchy, intricate use of the pen and I mainly worked in monochrome. My main influences have been from the likes of Ralph Steadman, Gerald Scarfe, Ronald Searle ...through to great artists like Francisco Goya. These artists still stay with me but my work has definitely taken a brighter, rainbow turn (I still love a confident line though).
What difference has working with SDX made to your business?
It has been a game changer and I think that maybe if I had not got onboard with SDX that I might be back at a 9-5 office job now. Thank heavens for independant stores such as SDX.