I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000 with 1st class honours in BA (hons) Design and Applied Arts, majoring in jewellery and silversmithing. I worked in Germany at a placement at Manu, Hameln, and after graduating was Artist in Residence at ECA. I didn't study art in High School so took the long route to Art College by first taking an evening course to create a portfolio to get me into a year Portfolio course in Aberdeen, and this helped me gain entry into ECA. The long route can sometimes be the best route.
In 2011 I won 'Best Artist' in Country Living Magazine's first ever Kitchen Table Talent award. I won this for my unique wire drawings which I had been developing for the previous 5 years. I came across the idea whilst drawing the animals at the Highland Wildlife Park. As animals do, they never stood still which influenced my drawings to become continuous line. I then thought about how I could replicate this using a line of wire and found my jewellery binding wire. The technique I have developed has expanded greatly from an initial 3 cm bird to more recently a 1 metre boat.
I recently took part in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, where I had the good fortune to draw Ashley Walters. I am a big fan of the show and so when I got the phone call that I'd been chosen was so excited. It was a fantastic experience and I was lucky to be chosen as one of the final three in my heat. I didn't get through to the semi final but can't wait to see who wins!