My aim is to create fresh and energetic drawings of the natural world through direct and immediate mark making. Both sensitive and visceral, I want my drawings to capture fleeting moments and experiences in nature. I mostly work outside, focussing on the things that capture my attention within landscape and the wildlife that inhabits it.
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My work is drawn directly from my observations and experiences of the natural world.
When I'm outdoors I experience a sense of freedom from the constraints of daily life. I feel refreshed and energised by what's around me. I'm constantly delighted by things I see in nature: it's wild, untamed and beautiful.
The things I see are often moving, changing, appearing and disappearing. It is the beauty of these fleeting moments that I want to capture in my work, expressed through immediate and intuitive mark making.
I enjoy the challenges of drawing outdoors, in all weather, and I think these experiences can greatly enhance the energy of the work. Sometimes this work becomes a finished piece in its own right. Other times, I develop it into a painting or drawing on a larger scale in the studio.
When I am drawing and painting I am totally absorbed in the moment, which is why I love it so much.
Work selected for ‘The Edinburgh Art Book’, BENNETT, E.,ed. The Edinburgh Art Book, UIT/ Green Books, Cambridge, June 2019
Found Gallery, Dunbar, Spring 2019
Marchmont Gallery, Edinburgh, Spring 2019
Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London, October 2018
Bursary Winner (Society of Wildlife Artists) John Busby Seabird Drawing Course, Summer 2018
ArtWalk Porty, Portobello, Autumn 2018
Found Gallery, Dunbar, Summer 2018
Field Trip to Isle of May, Spring 2018
Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London, October 2017
Number Four Gallery, St Abbs, Eyemouth, 2017-2018
Marchmont Gallery, Edinburgh, September 2017-2018
Field Trips to Isle of May and Shaint Isles, Spring 2017
Primary and Secondary Art and Design Teacher, East Lothian (2004-2016)
Teaching Degree in Art and Design from Edinburgh University, Moray House 2004
Teaching Art to and Supporting people with Learning Disabilities, 1998-2003
Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1998.
I live in Edinburgh with my husband and two children.