Originally from Scotland, I now live near Loughrea in County Galway, Ireland. I work in the medium of mosaic and as an arts educator in schools and community settings. I have completed various public art commissions, primarily in mosaic. As a design historian I am interested in materials, design and why things look the way they do.
My practice is influenced by pattern, nature and the figure, with hand drawn qualities informing the finished works. My site specific commissions are inspired by local cultural heritage, centred in drawing from life and use colour combinations that sing.
2017 - 2019
Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education), University of Galway.
2014 - 2016
Part time art teacher, Youthreach
Heritage in Schools Panel of Experts, Heritage Council
Teaching Support Staff, University of Galway
2013 - 2014
Masters in Design History and Material culture, NCAD.
Awards / Commissions
Certificate in Integrating Literacy, Maynooth University.
1989 - 1993
BA (Hons) Architectural Glass, ECA
Foxglove mosaic installation and art education in CAMHS, Galway. Arts Council YPCE funding.
Knockcroghery, Fire! Sculptural mosaic for Knockcroghery, County Roscommon.
Constellations, Mosaic exhibition Chester Cathedral
Picture This, Illustrators Group Show, Airfield House, Dublin
Bootcamp Group Show, Temple Bar
Felted Pictures and Attic Finds, Baboró artist exhibition Design Concourse, Galway
Yankí Dúdil Watercolours, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Corcaigh
Súil Eile Group Show, Loughrea
An Fharraige Group Show, An Damhlann, Spiddal
The Dance of Light Group Show, An Damhlann, Spiddal
St Patrick’s Bell.Sculptural mosaic commission for Glor na nGael.
Flowers, Fruits and Seedcases. Mosaic Merlin Woods. Per Cent for Art
Theory of Entanglement. CONNECT, Waterford Institute of Technology
Lixnaw Illustrated Inventory of Everyday Objects and Lost Palaces Mosaic. Kerry County Council as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.
Artist in Schools. Galway County Council funding.
Planning Through Time. Heritage Council and Arts Council, YPCE funding.
Design History Society. International award winner in excellence for design writing.
Founding member and Chairperson of Mosaic Artists Association Ireland (MAAI)
Secretary of British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM)
Member of Visual Artists Ireland (VAI)
Education Officer of Glass Society of Ireland (GSOI) and member of the Editorial Team for Glass Ireland