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 turned to music and performance instead and still release  critically acclaimed albums, but I relied for many years on tedious, low-paid jobs for survival.  In 2000,  quite by chance,  a friend asked me to help him with the making and mending of domestic stained glass windows.

I disliked the work at first because I felt frustrated by the meaningless designs customers asked me to reproduce .  I was bewitched, however, by the strange imagery and storytelling power of medieval windows and eventually I started to tell my own stories through stained glass.

In 2014 I decided to focus exclusively on self-initiated, personal work, usually displayed in light boxes,  like glowing paintings.


I  discovered that stained glass could be an joyful and rebellious way out of many years of artistic and emotional frustration.

I sandblast, paint, fire, engrave and layer glass and relish the inherent chaos of such an unpredictable medium. The slowness of the process lets me access subconscious, dreamlike imagery and tell stories linking real-life, contemporary experiences with historical texts, characters and events.

  I intend to save stained glass from being reduced to a secondary craft and reinvent it as a great communicator.

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