I live and work on the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland - a speck amidst a chain of islands on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
To dwell in such a place, where the forces and cycles of nature are extreme, is both inspiring and humbling. Nature here is dictator, rhythm setter and provider despite our technological advancements.
I work creatively with natural phenomena, taking my inspiration from the complexity, strength and beauty of the oceans and wild lands.
Appreciating the knowledge, skills and culture of the people who dwell in these places is part of this process. However, my work is from the perspective that humans are not central but merely part of these naturally occurring systems and cycles that are complex, integrated and vast.
At 57° North, our life here is defined by the mercy of the wind. My series of ‘Wind Works’ explores my relationship with the elemental qualities of wind with each work created by an interaction between the wind, a simple apparatus and myself. Every drawing is unique and ‘draws' wind data comparable to statistical scatter plots.
The wind drawing titles are the Shipping Forecast for the day on which they were created.