In 2011 I won Best Artist in Country Living Magazine's 'Kitchen Table Talent'. A lovely photographer travelled the length of the country to take my photo for their magazine and I had a short moment of fame from the many Country Living readers. I got to take part in Country Living's Spring Fair in Islington and had a spacious stand all to myself. St Fergus gallery recently invited me to show my work in their Foyer gallery and I held my first ever artist talk. I have also exhibited in the Castle Gallery , Inverness and Alessandro studios in Broughty Ferry with this work and continue to make work in my spare time.
The wire work developed while I was artist in residence at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie. I found that drawing the animals required my eyes to be on them all the time so to enable me to draw, I used a continuous line technique which had mixed results. I had a moment of brilliance one day after feeling a little deflated with my pictures, wondering how easy it would be to recreate the pen lines using wire. I had a nice roll of iron wire usually used for binding silver in the jewellery soldering process, it had come from Munich and later on I was to discover it is now discontinued. It was the perfect thickness of a pen line and had a nice black coating not found on other wire. I spent over 3 years developing the process to a standard I was happy with and now use different thicknesses of wire, including copper rod and also use beachfinds and hand printed card. My favourite subjects are boats, and Caithness houses, but love drawing birds too. The technique I have developed isn't really something I can pass on as I can't quite explain it myself, every picture is very different and therefore each artwork takes such a lot of time.