Artist Statement:'As luck would have it I managed to be born in a wild and remote place in Scotland and insisted on being carried up a mountain when a bundle of a few weeks. An understanding mother shared my need and as we approached the summit, she gave me a sweet smelling white thistle which I still have. This first journey was to be very symbolic in my life and work.A childhood of poverty and hardship - but unrestricted freedom to roam, plus two brothers, meant days of walking from dawn till dusk. A small packet of bread and some orange juice was supplemented by dug field potatoes, cattle molasses and beech leaves.I brought home and nursed shot rooks, injured rabbits, hares, mice etc. We built tree houses from hay and branches, all day and every day - nature was ours - life outside the sweet smell of hay barns and the ripe smell of pond mud really didn't exist except as something that loomed ahead.The clash of a place in an art college or an audition for the National Youth Orchestra was, at 15, a difficult decision. Finally, I chose the college of art. After all I could draw my hares and rooks couldn't I?! A degree in painting and printmaking was followed by a Post Graduate Degree in Art Education. With this I began teaching. This took me again to wild parts to teach adults and children who were more deprived of the creative side of life. In between I was able to travel and paint.
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