I was born and brought up on the banks of the Tay in the East of Scotland and for a long time this river landscape with its reflection, beautiful light and family connections were the inspiration for my work. Recently however, it is a visit to Rome that has captured my imagination, allowing me to change from the rural to an urban landscape. I felt although I was in the 'here and now' that I was also in 'the there and then'. The pattern of the mosaics, the colour and textures of the ancient buildings, the art and imagery found in the churches all conveyed a sense of perpetuity.
I constantly draw, paint, photograph and collage in order to collect enough reference material to create a body of work. I begin by creating a background in mixed media, since a plain white surface inhibits my creativity. It is important for me to create a surface which reflects the atmosphere and the mood of a particular location right at the start.
I love to use traditional techniques in a contemporary way, recently, traditional couching in gold thread on painted paper alongside reverse appliqué. I use a variety of hand dyed fabrics and threads. Throughout my career as a lecturer these techniques have developed more into mixed media while maintaining stitch as an important element.
I have exhibited regularly with the Textile Study Group, with 'edge' textile artists Scotland, the Embroiderers' Guild and my friend and colleague Alison King.
Since I gave up full time employment in education I am able to concentrate more on my own work, being an active member of a number of groups allows me to make the most of the opportunities to exchange ideas and information and to enjoy the challenges that this presents.