MA (Hons) Fine Art, The University of Edinburgh
HDFA, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
I have always loved drawing and painting portraits. From an early age I enjoyed sketching my family members and was inspired by the work of my mother and uncle, both Scottish figurative artists. My experience of art was that figures/people, whether painted or sculpted, told the story - the human story. My love of art history and painting led me to study Fine Art at Edinburgh University. Early Renaissance art, Ingres, Degas, Cassatt, Scottish colourists, are all sources of inspiration. At postgraduate level I spent two years at The Slade, in the Life room, working directly from observation on a daily basis. I learnt much about the craft of drawing and painting. The pastel portraits are all drawn directly from observation.
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