As I continue making and researching my work I begin to realise how much more time is required for me to strengthen and deepen my practice. In light of this I have stepped down from my duties at Leith School of Art, a place I have spent eight wonderful years as a member of the teaching staff. My time at the School gave me the space to develop my teaching skills whilst providing an income that allowed me to take on a studio and invest in my practice.
So, my new life is upon me and it is looking busy and varied already! I am delighted to have been asked to teach from November to March on the Portfolio Course at Bridge House Art in Ullapool. This is a very exciting development for me, it allows me to continue my teaching, working alongside my good friend Eleanor White and with a varied group of students many of whom will be applying to art college. It also means a stronger connection to the north west of Scotland, in all its wild beauty, something which will no doubt inform the direction of my work.
As well as teaching at Bridge House Art, I am also very pleased to be running a couple of workshops with the National Galleries of Scotland this autumn as I continue to share my love of printmaking and the natural world. More information can be found on their website here.
During October I am going to be taking part in a three-day residency, supported by the Society of Wildlife Artists, working at Wallasea Island in Essex, one of the RSPB's newest nature reserves. It will be a great opportunity to work alongside five other established wildlife artists and to document species in a completely different landscape from that which is familiar to me.
My work can be seen in a couple of exhibitions during the Autumn - Drawn to Land and Sea at the Kinblethmont Gallery in Angus - where I will be showing alongside the five artists I shared a creative week on the Isle of May with earlier this year (my blog post about the week can be found here) and the Assembly House in Norwich who are hosting a wildlife-themed winter exhibition. Both promise to be strong shows and I'm very happy to be involved.
I also now have some prints available throught the Click and Buy scheme on the Mall Galleries website: http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk. I continue to have prints on display at Hornseys' in Ripon, the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth, the Rowley Gallery in London, the Marchmont Gallery in Edinburgh and Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop.
Many thanks, as always, to those of you who support me with your enthusiasm for my work, please get in touch with any enquiries.