Solo exhibition planned for 2011, Edinburgh - details to be confirmed
The inspiration for my paintings comes from my adoration of old ladies. During my childhood I was surrounded by these matriarchal figures. Formidable ladies not to be messed with - yet kind, generous and very humorous.
Whatever was happening in their, at times, difficult lives, very rarely did you see these ladies with a curl out of place or without their vibrant coloured lipstick. I try to always incorporate both these components.
My use of vibrant, carnival-like colours contrast against the shades of grey that were characteristic of my childhood in Glasgow at the time. I want to represent these upbeat, colourful personalities as I remember them. Thankfully these characters are still with us today.