My work is ecologically based and is essentially about conveying information about the relationship between people and the natural world. By focusing on something apparently ordinary like a leaf and by presenting it in a boxed and framed form within a gallery context, I hope that I can emphasise its importance. I work frequently with organic materials making my own hand-made plant papers, my raw materials coming from the plants, grasses and tree barks of the Scottish countryside. The colours and textures of the landscape are naturally inherent in the papers themselves, the choice of which is conceptually important, being site-specific. The resulting papers may then be formed, cast, printed or painted upon. The papermaking process itself is a metaphor for the endless cycle of birth, life, death and decay common to all nature.
The Society of Scottish Artists is an artist-led organisation with over 1000 members from across Scotland and beyond.