Where Once The Waters

Where Once The Waters

ICE AND WATER In early September, unprecedented rainfall left a third of Pakistan under water. The video clips of huge surges of brown water sweeping away bridges, houses and livelihoods demonstrated, again, that the climate emergency is happening right now and its...
the pleasures of looking

the pleasures of looking

We’ve had a long series of gales with heavy rain this last week so it’s all been a bit grey and dark. But last weekend was one of those lustrous soft days we sometimes get here in Orkney in winter, when the low-angled light makes everything luminous. So I am...
On Drawing, Water and Time

On Drawing, Water and Time

“Immerse” 2022, Acrylic and silver leaf on aluminium panel, 90cm x 110cm Water and time are deeply connected. Over the last year I have been making a series of large scale works that explore this connection. I watch the water and then I try to draw it. I catch it in...
Be more Agnes…

Be more Agnes…

If you’ve read my book The Clearing you’ll know I’m a big fan of the artist Agnes Martin. I’ve been thinking about her work and life a lot recently. When the world is falling to bits and it feels ridiculous to spend my time drawing pictures I remind myself of what...
A Line that Circles: SEVEN SEA DRAWINGS

A Line that Circles: SEVEN SEA DRAWINGS

What is it that draws our eye to the line of the sea horizon?  Do you, like me, instinctively pause, take a few deep breaths and just gaze? Why is it that in these anxious times, when calamities seem to bear down on us one after the other with no end in sight, that...
Why do we gaze at the sea horizon?

Why do we gaze at the sea horizon?

It was a great pleasure to be visited in my Birsay studio by Kirsteen Stewart last week. Kirsteen wears so many creative hats it’s hard to keep up with her! She is a designer of fashion, textiles and homewares, is well known as a skilful and enabling art educator with...