I am an emerging artist whose media are photography and text, with odd found scraps occasionally thrown in. I started my creative life as a writer after stumbling on a creative writing course while studying for a degree in philosophy. This ended with me being awarded an M.Litt from the University of Glasgow. But I’ve been using a camera since 1979, and as I’ve explored and experimented with ideas, uncovered my motivation, and generally grown as a creative practitioner I have discovered a symbiotic relationship with my camera and writing. Now text and photographic image making are equal partners in my practice as I continue to search for the best way to ‘get the thing said.’
I am currently working on two collaborative art projects: one with a singer songwriter who lives in Hull, quite a distance from me in Moffat so we are using the postal service to respond to each other’s work. We’ve only just begun and have no projected outcome at this early stage; the idea is to see how our differing practices can speak to each other. I will probably write about it on the ‘Notes’ page of this site when something exciting occurs. The second is a public collaboration done through blogging, it has also just started and I can’t wait to see what my project partner makes in response to the text I wrote.
I’m also working on a nature writing one day (morning) workshop for Moffat Community Nature Reserve, to be held on 7 September:
I am delighted to be one of Wigtown Festival Company’s Literature Ambassadors. I get to attend and put on literary events, support emerging and established local writers, and share information about what’s going on in the Dumfries and Galloway (and greater Scottish) arts scene. I’m also lucky enough to live with a wonderful musician.