We now have lots of gifts and artwork featuring “Rainstorm, Isle of Skye”.

My new(ish) artwork “Rainstorm, Isle of Skye” now appears on many of our art, stationery, homeware, tableware and jewellery ranges.

It may be my favourite range at the moment!  You can see the full collection here

What is Digital Collage?

Many people when they first see my work, think that it is painting.   In fact all my work is digital collage which is basically any form of collage assembled or created using a computer.

I start off on location taking photographs of the landscape then back in the studio I use a computer to blend the landscape photography with sections of additional photographs to add texture, colour and depth.

Examples of these “textures” are shown below, these include peeling paint on old fishing boats (a favourite source of textures!), lichen on rocks, a campervan table top and some copper paint on board which I oxidised in the studio.    I sometimes use photographs of painting or mixed media but more often I use photographs surfaces such as rocks, peeling paint, scratched metal, rust, fabric, old paper….all sorts of unusual things.   I have a huge archive of “weird” pictures that I have collected, including the bottom of my kitchen sink.

Each finished piece might have between 10 and 20 layers of collage in addition to the original landscape photograph, although don’t ask me so identify them all on the spot as I can never remember!

Best Product Award at Scotland’s Spring Trade Fair

January always disappears in a blur.   By the time the kids are back at school and I’ve started to think doing grown up stuff again, we are right into trade fair chaos!  Every year we have a stand at Scotland’s Spring Trade fair.  It’s where we meet all our stockists and show them what I’ve been doing for the last year.  This year I featured my new “wearable art” Scottish landscape aluminium and silver jewellery collection and we were delighted to win a Best Product Award!  In celebration we are doing a giveaway competition over on the facebook page

In other exciting news, our plans to move to Skye are back on the table and our house in Falkirk is on the market.  I’ll be saying lots more about the move soon but for now we are just really excited (and stressed!).