My story of becoming an artist definitely begins with the garden.- Highlands. I designed and created a garden from the 1 acre waste ground surrounding our house, which is on a challenging steep slope, with fantastic views. I started the same way as I would any piece of artwork and looked at the size, shapes and textures choosing certain colours of plant combinations to fit the layout. I had some previous experience growing and caring for plants, so knew which conditions suited which plant type.
SHETLAND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
5 years on I gained an A Shetland Environmental Award (Nov 2014) for the strong theme of re-cycling. I used tyres, wooden pallets, glass bottles and discarded kerbs amongst other materials and arranged them to make new interesting areas. The central pond is my favourite area due to the amount of frogs and visiting birds it attracts. My garden is now open to the visiting public and is a popular choice in magazines, newspapers and horticultural books. Click here to find out more
My garden continues to be a huge source of inspiration to myself and others, attracting photographers globally.
ART & DESIGN, SHETLAND COLLEGE
This achievement provided a needed confidence boost to confirm artistic talent, so I decided to attend the Shetland Colleges Art & Design course part time with tutor Paul Bloomer in 2015, and have never looked back. I now have a space in my house dedicated to creating artwork, which is essential with lots of material and work in progress needing to be spread out.
Being an artist means being alone most of the time and for me, this is where I find myself most productive.
My work studio is open for visitors, alongside the garden.
EXHIBITIONS & SELLING WORK
The Olive Tree – Toll Clock Shopping Centre Lerwick (larger paintings)
Hoswick visitor centre Sandwick (selection)
Victorias vintage tearooms, Unst (selection)
Jamiesons Knitwear, Lerwick (buttons)
Love from Shetland, Lerwick (soap dishes)
Starlings, Kirkwall Orkney (selection)
Rockpool, Lochinver, Scotland (Jewellery)
Hazel Rebecca, Gullane, Scotland