”An exciting vibrant weekend of art for art lovers, enthusiasts, collectors and beginners”
I’m delighted to be exhibiting at Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair for the first time in 2019. I will have my own stall at the event filled with limited editions. Please do pop by for a browse or chat. All artworks on display will be available for purchase.
Friday 17th May 2019 – 6.00pm-9.00pm Preview Evening.
Advance Tickets Only. I have a small number of complimentary tickets to the preview – contact me for more details.
Saturday 18th May 2019: 10.00am-5.30pm Sunday 19th May 2019: 10.00am-5.00pm
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Tickets for the Saturday/Sunday are available on the door. Adults £4.00 Concessions and Students £2.50 Children Free
I have some complimentary tickets for the weekend available – contact me for more details.
Following on from the success of last years event at its new home at the Marquee at Kelvingrove we look forward to welcoming you to GCAF 2019 which take place from the 17-19th of May. Showcasing creative talent from across Scotland and the UK with a superb range of contemporary original and affordable art presented by award winning galleries and artists.
This is a weekend not to be missed at one of the UK’s most important cultural venues.
A wonderful selection of contemporary art available from £50 – £30,000
Includes leading and award winning artists from across the UK and Europe
Household and celebrity names plus local artists and creatives from Glasgow School of Art
Superb range of original work for under £1000
Choose from Art, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics and designer furniture
Free wrapping service
Artist Meet and Greet
Live Painting Demonstration
On site car parking
Café and Restaurant
Friendly and professional advice from the art gallery owners and artists
Artwork Available During Event
A large selection of my work will be available as framed and unframed limited edition prints. This includes work from 2016 through to first editions of work for 2019. A small preview selection is shown below.
To enquire about any artworks, reserve limited editions in advance to collect at the show, please purchase them here in advance via my website or contact me with any queries.
I’m back in the studio today after 4 wonderful days exploring Schiehallion and doing research for my current project which launches in August. I spent most of my time exploring new trails and catching up on conservation efforts by the John Muir Trust team.
Many of you will know that as much as I love featuring nature, wildlife and yes, lone trees (!) in my artworks, I also care deeply about them. I’m passionate about conservation, the environment and the good work like that being done by charities such as the John Muir Trust at places like Schiehallion. My current project is a fine art one which will also include a lot of additional conservation and nature photography. It’s my favourite photography topics combined.
In the autumn, I joined them for some tree planting and took a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos. They planted 6000 native trees at Schiehallion last year. A quick check up on the tree babies and they look to be doing great! Every tube I looked in had buds/needles!
Where the team have felled an old plantation, native trees such as pines and rowans are returning. They are tiny and an absolute delight to see. All that dead/fallen wood you see near the Schiehallion path & car park isn’t a mess or in need of cleaning up…it’s a patch of nature recovering – a little thriving ecosystem of native trees emerging on the side of Schiehallion. Some like the pine are tiny (3-4 cm), others such as rowans reaching about 15cm already. It’s really wonderful to see!
And of course, when native woodland regenerates, it provides a home for animals and beasties of all sizes. I lost count of the number of butterflies, spiders, heather beetles, bees and yes, midges, that I saw during the trip.
But my absolute favourite moment in the 4 days at Schiehallion was when I went to say hello to my friends Liz and Izzy from John Muir Trust and a lovely little lizard came to say hello. It sat on my leg sunbathing for ages! I made a little friend ❤
Now to sort through my hundreds of photos and work on more images for the summer exhibition which is all about Schiehallion, its nature, history, folklore and conservation. It takes place at the John Muir Trust centre in Pitlochry from August to October. Keep an eye on my social media feeds or sign up to my newsletter for the full details when it’s officially announced 🙂📷
Wow, what a month March was! I have so many things to share with you!
I’ve decided that going forward I’ll be blogging my newsletters so that it’s easier for you to find and read them.
I’ll still be sending out the contents as a monthly email to my newsletter list, so if you’d like to receive those, you can sign up here.
Ok, onwards with all the news!
I’ve been a busy bee researching how best to give my customers the products they’re requesting. After a successful winter trial, I’m delighted to announce that I’ve added my full Fine Art Collection to my Redbubble.com store.
There you will find a wide variety of print products, homewares such as cushions and mugs, posters, tote bags (my personal favourite) and much more.
Due to popular demand, I’ve created some new 2 hour workshops in Perth (Scotland) which are focused on specific topics. These are available throughout the year and once purchased can be scheduled for a mutually convenient date.
Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair @ Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Friday 17th May, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Open To Public:
Saturday 18th May 2019, 10.00am-5.30pm Sunday 19th May 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Tickets for the event are available via the Art Fair’s website. I also have a small number of complimentary tickets available for the show. If you would like to come along to the private view or weekend event, get in touch and I’ll send you the details for how to claim your free tickets.
ArTAY Exhibition, Perth
Open To Public: 16th – 19th May
ArTay is a unique event in Scotland’s Visual Arts calendar. It is part of Perth Festivals of the Arts programme of events. It features over 300 original works by over 80 Contemporary Scottish artists and makers.
arTay runs for the first four days of the Festival and is located just outside Perth Concert Hall. It is the aim of arTay to make looking at Art as accessible as possible to as many people as possible and to this end admission is free. Everything in the marquee is for sale.
I will have a selection of limited edition prints on display and for sale at the event.
I had an amazing time at The Photography Show this year. I worked with ChromaLuxe this year and provided imagery for their stand. It looked brilliant. Thank you to everyone who visited the stand to see my work.
I wrote a full review of the show here with my favourite finds, including GamerGram, Vallerret Gloves and more.
Perthshire Magazine Article
And last but by no means least, this month’s edition of The Perthshire Magazine features an article by me that’s all about macro photography!
Spring is the time for pretty flowers, creepy critters and fuzzy beasties – the perfect time for macro!
Check out the article for free at the link below, and if you would like any help with your macro photography, perhaps take a look at my macro photography workshops.
Each year, I visit The Photography Show in Birmingham. The event, which attracts around 35,000 visitors over 4 days, is my annual opportunity to catch up with photographer friends, try out equipment and meet new people.
This year was my favourite yet for a number of reasons. Here are my highlights:
This year I was delighted to work with ChromaLuxe for their display at The Photography Show. They exhibited a number of my works on Aluminium as well as a variety of smaller products.
I use ChromaLuxe aluminium for some of my recent limited editions (alongside editions on fine art papers) so I was already a fan of their products.
Here are some examples of the products they produced using my artworks:
GamerGram were a surprise favourite of mine at the show. I’d not heard of them before and was intrigued as to what they were about. I got chatting to Alex who was representing them and he told me more about what they do. GamerGram are a community of Virtual Photographers who take photographs in videogames. Their work is stunning. I’ve long been a fan of trying to capture beautiful screenshots within my favourite games (such as Skyrim and Elder Scrolls Online), but never realised there was a community around this creative hobby.
It was pretty obvious this combination was going to end up as one of my highlights of the show even before I had chance to get my paws on it.
All I can say is: wow.
I am incredibly smitten and hoping to add the a9 to my collection as soon as possible. For anyone who’s wondered if Sony are up to the task of wildlife/sports photography, the a9 is your answer.
As someone who adores winter, especially Scottish winter, and likes to haul masses of kit into the wilderness for days photographing picturesque landscapes…gloves matter.
I’ve got through countless pairs of gloves. From lightweight liners with a top ski glove layer, to traditional gloves…none of which seem to do the trick.
My requirements for gloves are quite specific (as I’m sure a lot of winter fans will agree). I need: waterproof / windproof; good grip for scrambling over things and holding my camera; and most importantly: the ability to actually function my gear without taking the gloves off.
This is where Vallerret gloves come in. I saw them at the show last year and didn’t think to try them on. Gloves are gloves and mine are fine…or so I thought. Cue the false economy of repeatedly replacing gloves that aren’t quite right.
So when I saw them at the show this year, I decided to take a proper look. I tried on a pair of their Ipsoot gloves and instantly fell in love. They’re thin but warm, have great grip, have zip pockets (including a built in tool for tripods!), and: detachable finger/thumb tips that can be held back with magnets. No more taking my gloves off when photographing animals in the snow!
Who knew a pair of gloves could make someone so happy?!
Of course, no event would be the same without friends. The Photography show is my annual event to catch up with and meet lovely people. Most of these I don’t get chance to see outside of the event due to our insanely busy schedules. Cheers to my fantastic friends for making it a brilliant year.
See You Next Year?
I’ll be returning to The Photography Show in 2020. If you’d like to meet up with me at the show, feel free to get in touch via my contact page.
The path at The Hermitage (near Dunkeld) leads you through stunning Perthshire woodland alongside the River Braan. After a short walk you approach the very pretty Ossian’s Hall. You can enter the hall and overlook the amazing Black Linn Falls of the River Braan, or you can continue along the path and explore more of this lush woodland. If you’re lucky, you might see salmon leaping up the waterfall or red squirrels in the trees.
Opening Hours: 24 / 7
Parking: The site and parking is managed by the National Trust For Scotland. Parking for a day is £2 at the time of writing. The ticket machine is cash only. Post code: PH8 0JR. Co-ordinates: 56°33’41.9″N 3°36’25.0″W
Nearest Toilets: None on site, closest would be in Dunkeld
Accessibility: The woodland path to the waterfall isn’t too long and is reasonably smooth (see image above) so is usually OK for push chairs, wheelchairs etc.
Facts & Folklore
The Douglas firs at The Hermitage are some of the tallest trees in Britain!
The Dukes of Atholl established this area as a place of pleasure and relaxation in the 18th century, with Ossian’s Hall being built in 1757.
The powerful, thundering Black Linn Falls can be viewed from Ossian’s Hall, the bridge, and the woodland paths, giving a variety of stunning views and opportunities to see leaping salmon.
There is a patch of woodland near our house – a lovely little escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s a popular spot for dog walkers and is somewhere I go when I need a break but don’t fancy driving out of the village.
Autumn seems to be arriving early this year and so I decided to go and see what fungi I could find. The collection this year is different to those I recall from last year. Perhaps I’ve visited earlier this time – maybe the rest are still waiting to peek up from underneath the leaves.
Here are the late-September fungi of Scone woods (and some bonus woodland shots because it was a beautiful day)! I’ll be adding names/identifications as I figure them out. If you’re able to help with this, please leave ID suggestions in the comments!
Today’s photo is of a rather magical snowy hike around the woodland and hills near Kingussie. We had SO much snow that day! I was wearing my winter mountaineering boots and full waterproofs. The snow came up to my knees in places! A very hard work hike, but worth it for the incredible views.
This was once of my last shots at the end of the day before I tried to get back before the sun fully set.
I definitely want to spend more time in this part of Scotland this winter!