I was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and worked in the capital city until moving to Barcelona, Spain, then Winchester, UK to complete an M.A. in Contemporary European Fine Art. After 18 years of professional practice in Harstad, Northern Norway, I now have my studio and work in the Sierra de Libar area, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland.
I have a rich professional life, working in the arts and exhibiting nationally and internationally. During my years in Norway I was active in the North Norwegian Artists' Union (Nord Norsk Bildende Kunstnere) as a board member, and lectured in art and art history at Nordland College of Art and FIlm, Kabelvåg. I creating and lead a three year art foundation equivalencey for students with special needs in collaboration with the Museum of Troms and Rå College of Higer education. For six years I was the Director of the Gallery of Northern Norway (Galleri NordNorge) curating and collaborating with, among others, The Northern Museum of Art, Tromsø, and The National Museum, Oslo exhibiting work by Paul McCarthy, Norway 10 designers, Queen Sonja, Kjell Nupen and Peder Balke.
LATEST PROJECTS AND UPCOMING SHOWS 2017 - 2021
The XIIIth Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy, 2021
ART Habens Art Review, Article on Surface Work, Edition Spring 2020
SELF Group Show, The Artists Pool, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, March, 2020
Reset, Art Magazine UK, Artist of the Month Featured Article, April, 2020
Housekeeping!, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, 2020
Black and White, Pineapple Black Arts Gallery, Middelsborough, UK, 2019-2020
Average Art 39, October Publication 2019. With Sylvia Sanna, Emma Walker, Carrot, 2019
Surface Work. Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018
BLOW. Collaboration with Claire Carswell MA(RCA), Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018
Surface Work. Antigua Cine, Montejaque, Spain, 2017
OTHER EXHIBITIONS | AWARDS | PUBLICATIONS
Solo Show. Sør Troms Museum, Trondeness, Harstad, Norway
Reflections. Solo Show, A:rt Gymsal, Harstad, Norway
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Ateliér Lofoten Gallery, Svolvær, Norway
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Grant II, Oslo, Norway
Furness/Moen/O’Donnell/Skotnes. Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Den 7. Tromsutstillinga (7. Troms Region Art Exhibition), Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Grant I, Oslo, Norway
Commissioned for Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway
Transatlantic Connections, Society Of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Solo Show, Southampton University, Faculty of Arts Dept., Southampton
Cheltenham and Gloucester Drawing Show, Berlin | Hull
Group Show, Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain
Art on the Rock, Stirling Castle, Stirling
Celtic Conexion. Euskal Extea, Centre Cultural, Barcelona, Spain
British Workhouse Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
Scottish Contemporary Painters and Printmakers Exhibition, Edinburgh
Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Southampton
Grandisca. Group show, Museo Nuova Era, Bari and La Spezia, Italy
Scottish Painters Group Show. Frontiers Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri d’Arte. Group Show, Guild Gallery, Bristol
New Works. Solo Show. Galleria Panorama, Barcelona, Spain
New Works in Architecture. Solo Show. Cloister Gallery, Bristol
Artist-in-Residence, Clifton College, Bristol
Doric Work. Solo Show, Studio Gallery, Edinburgh
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Naval Church, Rosyth, Scotland
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh
Solo Show. Loretto Gallery, Musselburgh, Scotland
New Works. Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (R.I.A.S.), Edinburgh
Facade. Solo Show, Hillside Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri D’Arte. Group Show, Bari, Italy
New Generation Show. Mercury Gallery. London
Norwegian State Material Grant, Oslo, Norway.
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway.
Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway.
Norwegian State Material Grant, Norway.
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London.
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. Bari, Italy
Clifton College of Art Residency, Bristol.
Artepremio Giovani Fiera del Levante. Artists in Puglia, Bari, Italy
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Rosyth, Scotland.
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh,
EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS
Chairman of Board for Foundation Sierra de Libar, Spain. 2014 - 2019
Board Member for Creative Development Project, Innovasjon Norge, Norway. 2013 - 2017
Board Member, Sparebank1 Nord Norge (Savings Bank) Art Foundation, Norway, 2012 - 2016
Board Member, Harstad Regional Chamber of Commerce, Norway. 2006 - 2009
Board Member, Kunskapsparken Nord (Knowledge Park North), Norway. 2006 - 2008
Board Member/Art Consultant/Curator, Bø i Vesterålen Hospital, Straumen, Norway, 2004 - 2006
Board Member Nordnorske Billende Kunstnere (Professional Artists Union), Norway, 2001 - 2006.
Board Member, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts), Norway, 2003 - 2008
Member of Advisory Board, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts), Norway, 2003 - 2006
Curator ILIOS Festivalen (Anual Festival of Contemporary Music), Harstad, Norway, 2001
PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM VITAE
Galleri NordNorge (Gallery of Northern Norway) |Harstad, Norway
Sept 2012 - Aug 2017
As Director of Galleri NordNorge, with my background as a practising professional artist in the field of contemporary fine art, combined with my business experience, my duties were to develop the gallery’s profile and support and promote regional artists. We developed close collaborative relationships with individual artists, art galleries and museums, such as Nasjonalmuseet (The Norwegian National Gallery in Oslo) and Nord-Norsk Kunst- Museum (The Northern Norwegian Museum of Art in Tromsø) including exhibitions of work by Peder Balke, Paul McCarthy and Norwegian 10 Designers.
FOUNDER AND CEO of A:RT GYMSAL A.S. | (A:rt Gymnasium Ltd.) | Harstad, Norway
Nov 2004 - July 2016
In November 2004 I bought a Grade 1 Listed heritage military gymnasium to make as my studio. The building was almost 12 000 ft2 so decided to expand the project to include space for other artists. I built a two-storey glass construction inside the gym with 10 studios and showrooms, which I rented to artists, designers, architects and other creative practitioners. It was acclaimed as a unique creative and economic project built on generosity and synergy that occurs when creative people join to support and make opportunities for each other.
AWARDS FOR CREATING A:RT GYMSAL
HARSTAD PROFILERINGSPOOL. ‘Seire ved å dele-prisen’ (Success Through Sharing Prize) 2007
HARSTAD SPAREBANK KULTURPRIS (Harstad Bank Culture Prize) 2007
HARSTAD ROTARYKLUBB BYGGEPRIS (Rotary Club Building Preservation Prize). 2011
COURSE DEVELOPER AND LECTURER FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Kunstrom 7 (Art Room 7) Trastad Samlinger, Norway | Sør-Troms Museum, Norway
Sept 2010 -Sept 2013
Kunstrom 7 was a collaboration between Trastad Samlinger (Trastad Collection, Art- and Cultural- Historical Museum), Rå Videregåendeskole (Rå Higher College of Education) and myself. We created a college equivalent foundation course in visual arts for students with special needs; three young teenage girls with Downs Syndrome and a young boy with Autism. The course provided adapted training for the development of skills in visual arts for these four students to prepare them for their future professional, artistic practice.
DEPARTMENT HEAD FOR PHOTOGRPAPHIC CONSERVATION
Sør-Troms Museum, Norway
Sept 2009 -Sept 2012
Department Head, responsible for photography and digital imaging and for archiving and managing the Museum's extensive collections of slides, photographs, negatives, videos, and other such media. My position also entailed exhibition design, taking and making accessible high quality photographs of collections, exhibitions and public events for a wide spectrum of uses, including books, magazines, newspapers, other publications, photographic archives, and websites.
LECTURER /TUTOR IN DRAWING, PAINTING AND ART HISTORY
Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole, Kabelvåg, North Norway
Nov 1999- Jun 2006
My remit was to give a solid foundation in the technical and traditional skills of drawing and painting, art history and theory, while encouraging the students to explore the boundaries of visual arts and expand and challenge their thinking in content, form, theories, methods, and processes. I was fortunate to collaborate with artists, film- makers and theoreticians from across the Nordic countries and Europe, who visited the school to teach and hold workshops.