I like painting animals and people.
I choose colours to express myself and my subject, and often do not paint a realistic version of nature. So I might choose to paint a lemur in rainbow palette of yellow, green, blue and pink... instead of naturalistic greys, blacks and white.
I use single mediums such as wax crayons, oil paints or acrylics, as well as mixed media techniques, e.g., pen and acrylics, collage with paint.
Sometimes, I start with colours or lines arranged on the paper surface and then look for images in the patterns. I also find inspiration in photo references.
I was born and educated in Scotland, studying primate behaviour. I emigrated to New Zealand, where I became a scientific liaison officer and children's author, writing and illustrating stories for children's magazines, such as School Journal (NZ) and Cricket (USA).
In 1990, I returned to the UK to study the anthropology of art. Then I worked in art and design research, designing toys for babies.
From 2012, I concentrated on developing my personal fine art portfolio.
My paintings have been exhibited in one-person shows in Scotland at Gallery 3, in New Zealand at Manurewa City library, and in group exhibitions in Scotland and England.
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