Friday, February 22, 2019

Commissions and Open Studios.

As ever, I am grateful to Paper and White for the opportunity to work with them on this exciting project. These four commissions were based on four separate series and pieces spanning a decade of my career. A unique challenge that I truly enjoyed. 

You can see a close detail of a few the pieces right before I had finished them all off in my most recent Tuesday Studio Video Visit. I hope you enjoy this calm moment of inquiry before I made finishing touches and packed them away for the courier. 

I will soon take a little time off to regroup but before then, I will have Open Studios and two group exhibitions to prepare for.

I hope you will join me on Sunday, February 24th from 12-5 for the Makers Marque and Open Studio event at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh. I will have my studio G23 open, so please come and say hello!

Thank you all for your encouragement and support of my work and for your patience while I have been working on this latest project. Until next week, keep fighting. 

Friday, February 15, 2019


Getting close to completion on these four commissions. These paintings are based on work from four different series of mine spanning over ten years. I am honoured and grateful to be working on this exciting project with Paper+White, award-winning interior design and art specialists with studios in London's East End and Cambridgeshire.

Days spent doubting I am a painter are wasted days but they will happen again for me and for you. As natural as breathing, the doubt and eventually the painting. This is no ordinary calling but this is what I call myself. My strength, my power, my constant companion, each painting a construction, building a more resilient foundation. A bridge between us, strangers no more.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Working and refilling the well

commission in progress

This week was spent in the studio working on the four commissions for Paper + White. You can learn a bit more about that on my Tuesday Studio Video Visit. I explain that I am painting four new paintings based on four different series of works spanning about ten years. It's a fun and interesting challenge.

My studio is a hive of activity. I am also taking some time to enjoy the sun when it shines, get out for walks, as always practice my yoga and meditation but also enjoy some films, books, music, and friends. It's this balance that allows me to do the work I need to do. 

brushes and charcoal
This wonderful book just arrived today, and once the commissions are complete, I look forward to diving in. Here's to all the women who came before me and paved the way so that I can live the life I lead. I am grateful.

Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel

Until next week, do no harm but take no shit and keep fighting.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Lights, Camera, ART!

Academy Award Winner, Mahershala Ali and my art! True Detective, Season 3 Episode 4

In super exciting news, my art was on the television in the US (HBO) and in the UK (Sky Atlantic)! I was beyond thrilled to spy my art on True Detective, Season 3, Episode 4, “The Hour and the Day” with Academy Award Winner Mahershala Ali! As some of you may remember, HBO bought three of my pieces for the show from Fenix Gallery when they were in my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas while filming the programme. I was so engrossed in the show that I almost forgot I was supposed to be looking for my art as I watched. What a wonderful moment! 

In other brilliant news, I am grateful to be working on four new commissions for London and Cambridgeshire based Paper + White, Interior Design and Art Specialists. It's a joy to work with them again on this latest project. As you may recall, I worked with them recently this past December. This will be the 11th painting I have sent their way since October. These relationships built through art, mutual appreciation, and respect are incredibly rewarding and help me to stay on the path. The work that Paper + White does is impeccable and I am truly honoured to have my work incorporated into their designs and the beautiful homes and spaces of their clients. 

Last but not least, I am pleased to say I recently joined the Scottish Artists Union. I am honoured to be a member of this union that fights for art and artists in Scotland. It feels good to belong to an organisation that fights for what I work so hard for and for what I believe in. After I paid my dues, I even bought a t-shirt to show my union pride. 

Thanks for your support, excitement, and love as I walk this path. Please keep fighting. The world needs you.