This is a series of images showing how a small painting developed from an example used in class. I had looked in my photos for a hill to help with my drawing but adding the tree and the cottage made it a bit more interesting. I was able to scratch the watercolour from the gesso to help with drawing. Building up thin layers and wiping them off with a cotton bud to create highlights.

Beautiful Roots

Making paper from plant materials and printing images of roots and root sections onto the paper.

turnip_9117A latex cast of a turnip plant, the roots are so fine that they became completely coated in the latex however the plant is now more robust and easy to handle.I plan to use the latex cast to make a photo sensitive etching plate. And print from that as the cast is very fragile.

The Turnip Project

Turnips grown from seed in hydroponics.
Turnips grown from seed in hydroponics.


Baby turnips grown in hydroponics over two weeks at the James Hutton Institute. Planning to press them into plant papers, or collage them into prints. Roots are very fine and needed to be floated onto paper so that I could spread them .

I am currently casting larger roots grown over 6 weeks with thin layers of latex which I can then use as a mould for casting plant papers.latex-cast

Diatom Etching for Edinburgh Drawing School

Diatom actinoptychus

Printroom are currently exhibiting at Cambo House nr St Andrews and opening on Friday the 5th of August in the Edinburgh Drawing School

I am exhibiting prints of Diatoms phytoplankton found in fresh and salt water and used in research into sea level change. ie if you find fresh water diatoms in sediment cores taken from the sea, sea level has increased.

‘This is my own my native land’

From the Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott, and the title for an exhibition opening this Friday at the Kinblethmont Gallery near Arbroath.

Private View from 6pm until 9pm Friday and 11am until 1pm on Saturday. Then open daily from 10am until 5pm.

Dunadd and the River Add Watercolour on Gesso