Studio Tour

Studio Tour

Last year I received the William Littlejohn Award for Innovation in Water-Based Media from the Royal Scottish Academy. Recently, I’ve been busy making new work that will be exhibited as part of this award at the RSA in Edinburgh in September. Since the all the...
Pushing Paper

Pushing Paper

When I was a student at the Slade School of Art we used to make a weekly study visit to the print rooms in the basement of the British Museum. The Museum holds one of the world’s greatest collections of works on paper; about 50,000 drawings and more than...
Writing and Drawing in Conversation

Writing and Drawing in Conversation

Last week I was invited by an old friend, the artist Nina Pope, to join an online Zoom conversation with a long-standing discussion group of artists she has been part of for twenty years. It was a real pleasure to gather with artists who are based all over the...
What do you see when you see the sea?

What do you see when you see the sea?

  I’m delighted to share with you an exploration of this and other questions with the artist Tania Kovats. I met Tania over 20 years ago when we were both on the same artist residency programme in Rome. Although our paths have only crossed once, and briefly at...
Smashed eggs, cracked ice and dopamine hits

Smashed eggs, cracked ice and dopamine hits

  How to finish that big creative project? That’s what I’m asking myself right now. Having big creative ideas is easy. Starting with enthusiasm is easy. But seeing creative projects through all the way to completion, turning up day after day when the...
Learning to walk in the dark

Learning to walk in the dark

Do you welcome the coming of the dark nights as Autumn closes in? Or do you rage, rage against the dying of the light? At this time of year, when I pull the curtains closed of an evening, I can still hear my mother’s voice commenting doomily, “The nights are drawing...

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