artist & coach

 I'm a Scot living and working in Florida, USA.  I  use a range of media to create artworks. My first piece of art was 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 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 volunteered 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.” 
Pablo Picasso 

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082

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