I am a Landscape Architect and Painter devoted to the study of the land and what lives upon it.
Born in Australia, I was educated in Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, and a great starting point to enjoy what it means to live in a dynamic landscape. It was there that I studied Landscape Architecture under the tuition of Dr John Byrom and Seamus Filor.
The tropics beckoned me by way of a 2 year scholarship from the Geoffrey Bawa Trust, to study, record and paint in the Bawa Gardens of Sri Lanka. The tropics buzz with life and the cacophony of the jungle at dawn and dusk is thrilling.
I have travelled the Indian subcontinent on my Enfield Bullet, and lived in a tiny mud and stone hut high up in the Hymalayas for many years. Here, I became fascinated by the vertical flora and habitat distinctions, thermal layers and another, more rural, dynamic landscape. The Himalayas are also the source of many garden plants in Europe.
Belgium, my next port of call for 10 years was, by contrast, very quiet. I studied Dutch and Painting at the Art Academy in Tienen, and worked from an enviable studio, elevated and huge, overlooking the flat fields of Vlaams Brabant.
In Scotland once again, at home with the language if not the weather, I teach botanical art and ecology, I work as a consultant in landscape use and restoration, whilst continuing to paint from a somewhat smaller garden studio.
I believe we live inside a miracle that, all too often, we fail to see. I hope my work goes some way towards communicating this.
Thank you for being here.
For artistic and educational work, consultancy, collaboration and commissions.
Location Duns, Scotland
Mobile OO44 7733 699354