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…a period bringing up her young family and experimenting with painting techniques when time allowed, she now paints full time and has exhibited in various galleries in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. Largely self-taught, she works primarily in acrylics, exploring layered and textured effects and often incorporating an image of black and white photography as a final printed layer.
‘I am drawn to old things, weathered things, often overlooked things, and the colours and patterns which appear there over time. I work with acrylic paints, collage and photography, scratching, scraping and lifting to reveal hidden layers and colours. I enjoy exploring the different textures of paint – brush marks, glazings and spatters – and pairing this with the starkness of a black and white photographic image. My favourite part of the process isn’t the actual painting, it’s the taking-off of the paint – I do this between each layer with various implements including an old credit card, a rag, a screwdriver or an old quill pen. Although I work with a very considered palette, I’m never 100% sure what lies beneath, and it’s this element of surprise which I find most exciting and which drives me to paint the next picture.’