artist & artrepreneur coach
I'm a Scot living and working in Florida, USA. I use a range of media to create artworks. I had my first piece of art exhibited in the Mclaurin Gallery in Ayrshire, Scotland as a teen. My high school art teacher introduced me to watercolor paints and screen printing and I was up and running. Since then, I've added oil painting and clay sculpture into my work. My first framed painting was a rendering of my father's fishing boat coming to the pier in my hometown of Girvan.
I paint what I like, what I miss or what's on my mind. I'm always drawn to boats, beaches and all things seaside as they remind me of home. Scottish landscapes provide a vehicle to take me home or connect with the people and things I miss as I've lived and worked far from home for much of my adult life. I use photographs of favorite places, people or objects as inspiration from a distance. In the light and freedom of Florida I also work in my studio - lovingly called the Arty Bar. My Weimaraner dog, Velvet, is often at my feet (or the sofa as she likes her comfort) in the studio.
I studied with Robert Leedy and Marissa Yow at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. I've enjoyed private tuition with MaryO Smith, an award winning artist based in Woodbine, Georgia.
I am a member of both St. Augustine's Art Association. Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts and Jacksonville's Watercolor Society. These local organizations are a great way to stay in tune with what's happening locally and to meet fellow artists. I am a Board Member of FemArt Gallery, a local non-profit organization supporting and promoting women artists through solo shows, exhibitions and education.
I coach women setting up home businesses including those women artists establishing themselves as artrepreneurs. My services include coaching the artrepreneurial mindset, business set up; time management and organization; brand building & online gallery store, financial management and action planning.
I volunteer at Gabriel House of Care providing art classes for organ transplant and cancer patients and their carers as part of an integrative and holistic healing program. I draw upon my own experience of making art as a healing process.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”