1960 – Born in Kilwinning, Scotland
1978-80 – Studied Medicine, University of Aberdeen
1981-85 – Edinburgh College of Art, BA Honours in Drawing and Painting
1984 – Student Exchange, Les Beaux Arts de Montpelier, France
1985-86 – Edinburgh College of Art, Diploma in Postgraduate Studies in Painting
1987-88 – Awarded Spanish Government Scholarship for one year’s study in Madrid
1988-92 – Worked at 369 Gallery Studios, Edinburgh
1990 – Experimental film workshop, led by Cristoph Janetzko, Glasgow
1991 – Artist exchange to Seville, Spain
1992-93 – MA in European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art in Barcelona
1993-present – Working in WASPS Studios, Edinburgh
1998-01 – Council Member, Society of Scottish Artists
2015 – Attended Carey Mortimer’s Fresco Painting Workshop, Bosa, Sardinia
2022 – Attended ‘L’Art de la Fresque’, Abbaye Saint Jacut de la Mer, Brittany, France



2023-  Improvised Fictions, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
2020 – Wall To Wall, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2019 – La Fête Champêtre, French Institute, Edinburgh
2017- Parallel Places, Moray Arts centre, Findhorn
2014 – Being Somewhere, Duff House, Banff
2013 – Some of These Places, The Linenhall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Eire
2011 – Remembered Rooms, Three Harbours Arts Festival, Port Seton
2008 – Icelandic Paintings Three Harbours Arts Festival, Port Seton
2004 – Alice and the Infanta, Duff House Country Gallery, Banff
2003 – Alice and the Infanta, The Round Room, Talbot Rice, Edinburgh



2024- Then and Now, Visual Arts Scotland, RSA, Edinburgh
2024- This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London
2023-  SSA Annual Exhibition, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr
2023- Heritage Open Days, Saint Mark’s Church and the Hearse House, Ninebanks, Northumberland, funded by Newcastle, Make it Happen
2023-  A New Primer, Esbat Collective, Edinburgh Palette
2023-  RSA Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2023- The Vital Spark, Esbat Collective, Dundas Gallery, Edinburgh
2023- This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London
2023- Wasps Exhibition, Kirkcudbright Galleries, Dumfries and Galloway
2022 – Unmute, SSA, Dunoon Burgh Halls
2022 – Paint Talk, Trongate 103, Glasgow
2022 –  This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London
2022-   RSA Open, Edinburgh
2022-  The Counterplan, Esbat Collective, Dundas Gallery, Edinburgh
2021- ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2021- Story Forms, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
2021 –This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London
2021 – World Collage Day, Merz Gallery, Sanquhar
2021 – Life Under Lockdown, NHS Tonic Arts, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
2021 – Cardboard Conversations, Merz Gallery, Sanquhar
2020 – Coming Home, Aberdeen Artists Annual Exhibition (online)
2020 – This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London
2020 – Hullabaig Open, Uig, Isle of Lewis (online)
2020 – Te Quiero,  Espacio Santa Clara, Seville, Spain
2019 – RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
2019 – This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London
2019 – Threefold Two, Union Gallery, Edinburgh (3 person show)
2018/ 19 – 369 Gallery Remembered, Summerhall, Edinburgh
2018 – Signals, Esbat Collective, Edinburgh Drawing School
2018 – WASPS 40th Anniversary Show, Kirkcudbright Museum and Galleries
2018 – Dream Recall, The Life Room, Edinburgh
2017-The Switch, Esbat Collective, Dundas Gallery, Edinburgh
2016- Alchemy, Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay
2016- Threefold, Union Gallery, Edinburgh, three person show
2016- Outside In, Whitespace, Edinburgh, with Suzanne Kemplay
2016 – Reunion, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2016-All the Wonderful Things, Art in Healthcare, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh
2016- Visual Arts Scotland
2015-  Edinburgh Art Fair, with Art in Healthcare
2015etc-RSA Open
2014 – Child’s Play, Union Gallery Festival Exhibition
2014 – La Galerie 1940, Edinburgh
2013 etc – S.S.A Open
2013 – The Allotment Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2013 – Up the Garden Path, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2012 – Working/ Drawing-The Dock, Carrick-on –Shannon, Ireland
2012 – Poetic Licence, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 – Small and Perfectly Crafted, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 – The Force and Form of Memory, Compass Gallery, Glasgow and touring
2011- Axolotl, Edinburgh
2010 – Edinburgh Soul, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2010 – Union Gallery, Edinburgh Two person exhibition with Fiona Jappy
2003-11 – Islington Art Fair, London and Glasgow Art Fair with the Compass Gallery
2009 – HALLellujah, Glasgow, curated by Jainie Nicoll
2008 – The Aspect Prize, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery
2006 – Per Annum, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2006 – La Cuegera de Amor, Espacio Guides, Madrid
2006 – Chicago/ WASPS Exchange, Arc Gallery, Chicago
2003 – Persevere, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh



2024- Kathleen Conboy Landscape Award, Society of Scottish Artists

2022 – QEST Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement Scholarship
2022 – Stephen Palmer Travel Award Bursary
2022 – W. Gordon Smith and Jay Gordonsmith Award, RSA
2022 – Cill Rialaig Residency, County Kerry, Ireland (two weeks)
2021 – Creative Scotland Open Fund Bursary for Sustaining Creative Practice
2021 – Merz residency, Sanquhar (one month)
2020 –  Creative Scotland VACMA Award (to part fund Merz Residency)
2020 – Tonic Arts, Life Under Lockdown Micro-residency
2014 – Dumfries House Residency, Pigmano Foundation
2000 – International Research and Development Grant, SAC
1999,94,89 – Scottish Arts Council Small Assistance Grant
1994 – Edinburgh District Arts Council Funding
1992 – Hope Scott Trust
1990 – Shell Expo Award, Aberdeen Artists’ Annual Exhibition
1987 – Christie’s Prize, Scottish Print Open
1987 – Spanish Government Scholarship



L’Abbaye Saint Jacut de la Mer, France
City of Edinburgh
Glasgow Museums, gifted by BBC Scotland
NHS Lothian, NHS Grampian
Art in Healthcare
University of Stirling, Scottish Arts Council Bequest
Lancome, Madrid
Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh



2012 – Some of These Things, Edinburgh Short Film Festival
2011 – Some of These Things, video projection, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Eire
1996 – Peony, 26th International Short Film Festival, Tampere, Finland; ‘Message to Man’, International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg,Russia; Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival; British Short Film Festival, London; MACBA, Barcelona Film Fair,Spain; Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, USA
1991 – Scream in Grey Blue, Glasgow Film Theatre
1990 – Scream in Grey Blue, Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival



2018- present –  Teaching Fellow, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh, Short Courses in Art and Design, Course Writer, and Mentoring Programme
2021- World Collage Day workshops (online)
2021- Freedom Window, Renfrewshire Leisure, Collage Workshop (online)
2020-  Studio Colour Workshops, WASPS Studios, Edinburgh
2019-  Imaginative Compositions, Moray Art Centre Summer School, Findhorn
2019- Room for Art, Redhall Community Garden and Good Morning Gorgie, Art in Healthcare
2019- Egg Tempera Workshop, Progress Arts, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Eire
2018-  Room For Art, Whale Arts with Art in Healthcare
2017-  Art workshops for dementia sufferers, Volunteer Midlothian with Art in Healthcare
2017- Pigment Workshop, Creative Retreat, Gardenstown
2017- Drawing Workshop, Edinburgh Drawing School
2016-2018 City of Edinburgh Council tutor2016-Colour workshop, Progress Arts, Westport, County Mayo, Eire
2016-Colour workshop, The Creative Retreat, Gardenstown, Scotland
2015 – Colour workshop, Studio Berry, France
2013 – Colour workshops, children and adults, the Linenhall, Co. Mayo, Eire
2012-2017 – Open College of the Arts tutor, Drawing and Painting BA courses, social media animateur and assessor
2011-present –  Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh, credit bearing courses
2003-10 – Continuing Education and part- time BA degree tutor , Edinburgh College of Art
2000,06-08 – Visiting Lecturer, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology, Eire, part-time degree Course
2007 – Contemporary Painting Week, Partry House, Co.Mayo, Eire
2001 – Visiting Lecturer, Queen Margaret University College, Stage Management
1995-00 – Drawing and Painting tutor, Edinburgh College of Art, BA course
1995,98 – Organised painting holidays to the south of France
1995-96 – Drawing and Painting tutor, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, BA Course
1994 – Visiting lecturer, Winchester School of Art, Postgraduate School
1988-92 – Education Programme, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh



2022 – Private painting commissions
2022 – Fresco at Merz Gallery, Sanquhar
2015 – Art in Healthcare at Edinburgh Art Fair, Painting Performance
2013,10 – Mural Projects, St. Mary’s (Leith) Primary School
2011 – Edinburgh Peer Group, Convergence, Painting Performance
2008 – Painting for GP’s surgery, Deptford Medical Centre, London
2001-08 – Various private commissions

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