I took a workshop entitled ‘the artist studio’ run by artist Patricia Cain and her husband Sam in 2012. This was at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow and covered the Gesso techniques of Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh as well as right brain drawing and gold leaf work. With the knowledge I gained I embarked on a series of Gesso paintings as well as still life and landscape. In March 2013 I entered a competition in Wales entitled ‘Hope in troubled times’ and my painting ‘Seed of Hope’ was selected for the shortlist of the final 12 entries and earned a 'highly commended'. This encouraged me to look for other competitions and exhibitions and I submitted work for the Barcelona Showcase in Gaudi’s Casa Batllo in April 2013 and exhibited there. Since then I have been exhibiting and selling my work in Scotland through galleries, craft fairs and online with pieces going worldwide from Canada to Australia and most recently a commission from a Stone Mason in Scotland for my thistle decorated ceramic tiles.
I primarily use acrylic gesso but have experimented with different types of whiting and glue for a variance in textures and finishes. My biggest pieces such as 'Gesso Glasgow Dream' measure 55" x 20" and the smallest 7"x 5" whilst the ceramic tiles measure 4" x 4" and 16" x 8". For some of my pieces I have incorporated local flora and fauna as well as montage and gemstones. My work takes the form of paintings on canvas and board as well as ceramic tiles and decorated boxes.
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