I grew up in rural Scotland in the 1960s and 70s. A prolific child artist, I gave up art after a troubled adolescence and the bullying remarks of a sexist art teacher. I focused on music and performance instead. Then, in my forties, in need of a more reliable income and quite by chance, a friend asked me to help him with the making and mending of domestic stained glass windows.
Over the years, I became quite depressed by the meaningless designs I was asked to reproduce at work. I was fascinated instead by the extraordinary imagery and allegorical power of medieval stained glass.
Eventually, in 2015 I decided to focus exclusively on highly-detailed, personal work, often displayed in light boxes, like glowing paintings.
I discovered that storytelling through stained glass could be a way out of years of artistic and emotional frustration.
I have taught myself many complex and innovative methods, learning to sandblast, paint, fire, engrave and layer hand blown glass. The meticulous slowness of the process allows me to access subconscious, dreamlike imagery and tell stories linking real-life, contemporary experiences with mysterious historical texts, characters and events.
I want my work to reach out to people, to seduce, provoke, challenge, amuse and inspire them, and most of all, I want to save stained glass from being reduced to a trivial craft and reinvent it as the great communicator it once was.