My work is often a response to the structure of landscape, though not always directly. Painting and drawing from the environment around me stores a collection of experiences and some of these prompt me in more spontaneous and expressive works. I sometimes make etchings and woodcut prints as ways to clarify and generate ideas. For drawings and paintings on paper, I generally use ink, graphite, pastel and sometimes oil bar; larger pieces are painted in oil on canvas. After studying geology, I worked in palaeontology and conservation at the Natural History Museum in London and went on to lead the Royal College of Art/V&A Museum conservation department at the Royal College of Art, followed by research at The National Archives. Returning to Scotland, I attended the painting course at Leith School of Art, where I was later employed as a support tutor and as a consultant on educational development.