Buy Design Gallery

I had my first visit to the Buy Design Gallery today and what a wonderful place for anyone who appreciates wood, art, original design and fine craftsmanship.  It’s in some gorgeous borders countryside, next to the Harestanes Visitor Centre, near Jedburgh.  Owner Eoin Cox is a man who’s been making a difference in the world as well as making beautiful furniture – check out his website to see his work. He and his team also run woodworking courses at the gallery, encouraging you to have a go yourself too.

I dropped off some drawings and pastels today and I’m really excited to be working with the gallery – I think I’ll be getting to know the A68 a bit better from now on!

Crichton shattered 360

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Lost woods in the landscape

I’m very excited to be attending a conference in May entitled ‘Shadows and ghosts: Lost woods in the landscape’.

Hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, it aims to “to review and develop ideas around ancient trees, ancient woods, wood pasture and the ideas of shadows, ghosts and retired veterans” and I’m hoping it will deepen my knowledge and understanding of the old trees I draw.  I’m also really looking forward to meeting some new people who share my interest – perhaps even develop some ideas for new projects over a refreshing Sheffield pint!

ardullie road

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What goes up…

damaged woods gallery 3…must come down – after being my temporary home for ten days, Gallery 3 in Art’s Complex is empty again and my show ‘Damaged woods’ is safely packed away in the studio. 

Thanks to all those lovely people who came to see the show and engage in such interesting conversations.  I love to hear what people think when they view my work and I’m pleased that so many find it as emotionally powerful to look at as I do to make.

What’s next? A period of reflection and some experimentation, particularly trying some different surfaces to work on, on a larger scale.  Also on the horizon is the Open Studios event and exhibition in early December.

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Art’s Complex Summer Show

summer show posterThe summer has slipped by mostly under a raincloud but it’s nearly time for the much anticipated Art’s Complex Summer Show to cheer us up. It opens on Saturday 3rd of August and runs till the 19th, so there’s plenty of time to see this fantastic selection of resident artists which I’m really proud to be part of.  I’ll be showing some of my newest charcoal works and a few field drawings.

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