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Archie and Moose go fishing

  These twa dugs -Archie and Moose- went on a wild fishing frenzy! While painting  two murals and a floor in a beach house in Australia, working side by side with other contractors, the joiner’s two dogs got into the ornamental  pond and polished off some poor goldfish.  The unfortunate event caused so much mayhem


United Nations Convention for Rights for the Child Mural – to be exhibited at The Scottish Parliament Autumn 2017 This seven panelled mural was created over three days in June 2017, working with children from P.6 class at Sciennes Primary school in Edinburgh.  The content was informed by the Implementing and Monitoring UNCRC in Scotland

Loyd Library, Hesleyside

The Loyd Library, Hesleyside Hall, Bellingham A week in wild Northumberland in May 2014, involving a complete de-install, deep clean and total re-hang of the Hesleyside Library.  A very dusty but rewarding  technical coordination job involving both the curating and hanging of the paintings.

Darue Malungo, Recife, Brazil

Working with Children and young people at Darue Malungo Afro-Brazilian dance centre in Chão De Estrelas, Recife, Northeast of Brazil. This was our first Latin American  residency under the Save the Children pARTners Project (Feb 99-Dec 01).Funded by the National Lottery, this pioneering arts project spanned over three years and included visits to Brazil, Peru,

Streets Ahead Tranent

Streets Ahead Tranent, commissioned by Children’s Parliament . This initiative explored children’s experiences of living in Tranent, an ex-mining town in East Lothian, and presents their ideas for regeneration of the local community. The resulting eleven metre public mural depicts Tranent’s history, its present and a vision of how its young people would like to

Aspirational models

I’m just starting to build up a collection of some of my favourite paper-mache models made by Children from across Scotland working with myself and Cuban paper-mache artist Lyver Chavez. Children were imagining themselves in 20 years time ! TBC

Abuela Adela

Painted from drawings made in my Venezuela sketchbook.  It depicts the beautiful and dignified Grandma Adela from Maracay, sitting in her armchair catching the evening breeze. (alkyd on canvas)

Commonwealth Tree

Sitting on the branches of this Tree are the national birds of the 54 commonwealth countries. These were created working with an inter-faith, inter-cultural group of over 50 adults and children, all clients of the Cranhill Development Trust in the East end of Glasgow. Funded by  Forestry Commission, Scotland

Climate Change Mural

In spring 2008, I was commissioned by The Children’s parliament to work with 20 children and engage them in the global debate on climate change and particularly the national debate on the Scottish Climate Change Bill which was being developed by Scottish Government.To do this I designed and coordinated a series of interactive workshops where

Many Birds – One Forest

A forest of 70 Birds from around the world – created working with Dalry Primary School . Pupils and Parents painted birds from their cultural heritage and created this display for their Multi-Cultural Garden of Enlightenment! Funded by Forestry Commission Scotland and the International Year of the Forest 2011

Birds and Plants of the Dry Forest, Azua, Dominican Republic

‘Birds and Plants of The Dry Forest’,  Feprobosur Dry Forest Organisation, Azua, Dominican Republic (1997) While staying with my brother, an NGO worker in the small village of Azua, I met a group of campesinos and the next thing I knew, I had agreed to help them paint the walls of their new office! We

Fichaed Eun

  Project Fichaed Eun – which in the Gaelic means 20 birds, was based on an Old Persian story called The Simurgh (meaning 30 birds in Farsi) Produced on the  beautiful Isle of Barra it was created working with Children and their Families from across the Southern Western Isles. Each child was tasked to complete

Preston Street, Primary School

Engage Visual Arts Education Award 2004 AND Standard Life Education Award 2004 For: “The Roots of Language and the Family Tree”. Client: Edinburgh City Council Education Department This was a large-scale installation produced in collaboration Spirit House Theatre, working with pupils and parents of Preston Street Primary School exploring their diverse cultural backgrounds through visual

Cojimar, Havana, Cuba

“We all have a right to live. We all have the responsibility to make Life better for all living things.”   Working with children from Guerilla Heroica Primary School in Cojimar, near Havana, Cuba, as part of the third residency under the Save the Children pARTners Project (Feb 99-Dec 01). A 3-day cyclone interrupted painting

The Secret City of Hope, Cuzco, Peru

” The Secret City of Hope” Mural and “life boxes” created by Children in the Pulkna Sunchis School in Cusco, Peru. This was part of my second Latin American residency as Visual Artist for Save The Children pARTners Project (Feb 99-Dec 01).             

Buscando Una Vida Mejor, The Sacred Valley, Peru

“Buscando Una Vida Mejor ” – Looking for a Better Life. This charming mural was painted in one day, working with children and young people from Culca in the Sacred Valley, near Cusco, Peru. This was part of my second Latin American residency as Visual Artist for the pARTners Project (Feb 99-Dec 01), Save The

Capoeira, Chão de Estrelas

Alkyd painting inspired by the talented young people of Darue Malungo, an Afro-Brazilian dance centre in the Chao de Estrelas neighbourhood of Recife, in the north east of Brazil.  

Places and Spaces

  Here are a few examples from a portfolio of illustrations commissioned across 2006-2009, for the Tasc Agency.  I worked closely with them to sum up a range of their public feedback, social research and service evaluation  for The Fife Regeneration, Health and Wellbeing Study

Leonardo de Los Campos de Nijar

A wee pen and ink and pastel portrait from my Almeria sketchbook

Myriam’s Baby

Sikh Sanjog

These are a few details from our Sikh Sanjog Mural – telling, from a female point of view,  the story of the Bhattra Sikh community in Edinburgh – from the first arrivals in the 1940’s to present day .We worked with women and girls spanning 4 generations and produced two murals, many artworks and a

Woodland Water Colours

This community watercolour project was a collaboration with Botanical Artist Alicia Salazar and 12 art lovers from Glasgow’s Cranhill community. From Late Winter to Late Spring 2012, our art sessions included woodland walks, nature study and Botanical drawing workshops where participants developed drawing and painting skills using watercolours, coloured pencils and pen and ink. “The

Immigration into Edinburgh Mural

Working with students at Kaimes Special school, we explored immigration into Edinburgh from 8000 BC  to the present day.  It’s packed with fascinating stories and is bordered by an extensively researched timeline. The mural was part of the school’s Unsung Stories project – a  large-scale lottery funded programme of animation films linking the themes of

Mela Kidzone

The Edinburgh Mela Kidzone supported by Forestry Commisson, Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. Between 2003 and 2015 I have designed and managed an annual interactive arts event for families at the Edinburgh Mela multicultural festival.

Paper-mache Rickshaw

A paper-mache collaboration with artists Lyver, Yanoski and Filiberto from Cuba and Rahul and Piplu from Bangladesh. We worked with children at Dalry Primary School in Edinburgh to make this rickshaw along with several other street characters.  These were  exhibited firstly at the Edinburgh Mela and later we used it to welcome  the public  to

Cow Alert !

Cows in Action pics – for IceRobotics -the world’s leading developer and provider of data collection and analysis products for monitoring dairy cow behaviour.   These illustrations are the property of © IceRobotics Ltd

Grandpa’s party piece

This painting records not only my grandfather’s party piece – a witty wee rhyme we were all taught at an early age – but also my father, keen for the next generation to continue the legacy, handing a fiver over to my wee Aussie cousin as reward for him learning it – Glaswegian accent and

Healing in The Fields and Forests

Science for All Nomination 2011 – Good practice case studies (“Going beyond the usual suspects”). Healing in the Fields and Forests funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland. I delivered this  project over four seasons 2009-2010 in collaboration with Nepal Scotland Association and the Gurkha Association, Scotland and Napier’s the Herbalist. This was

Oor Dugs

This August I can be found in my studio in Summerhall, Edinburgh, working on a series of paintings inspired by the dogs and owners I meet while walking on nearby Arthur’s Seat, The Meadows and the Hermitage of Braid.  

Signs of Life (in the woodland garden)

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Our recently completed UNCRC mural is now on exhibition at Rosebery House, Haymarket in the offices of Children in Scotland. This 6 panelled mural will then tour in and around  Edinburgh before ending up at The Scottish Parliament in Autumn 2017,  

Streets Ahead, Glasgow

Commissioned by the Children’s Parliament, working in collaboration with the Violence Reduction Unit. This  mural was created  working with  children in the East End of Glasgow . It presents their views on what their communities need to be safe, healthy and happy. After touring the Glasgow Museums and the  East End of Glasgow, the StreetsAhead

” Three Wee Aussies”

(100 x 150 cm, acrylic on canvas)                                    

Millennium Clock

Throughout October and November 2015, I was lucky enough to be part of 4 person team, commissioned by The National Museums of Scotland responsible for the dismantling and cleaning of the Millennium Clock and then re-assembling it in a new position. One of the highlights of this job was the privilege of meeting the Shamanka Kinetic Theatre team – 

Sufi Festival

One of thirty five illustrations commissioned by The Association of Poetry and Music, Glasgow for the International Sufi Festival. (pen and gouache on paper)  

Duddingston Festival

Illustrations for Duddingston Village Festival brochure in 2015.  A collaboration with

Fairer Fife Mural

This eight metre mural, informed by school workshops in Fife, expresses the children’s views around the question “What does a fairer Fife look like for children?”  It was painted by sixteen children over a five day period.  For more information:

Dene’s Fruit Stall, Maracay

A page from my Venezuela sketchbook

Nepal Scotland Association

I am being presented with an award at Nepali New Year 2073 celebration, by Rajendra Bam, NSA president (2016) and Dr Steve Burgess (Green Councillor for Edinburgh Newington/Southside) Thank you to Nepal Scotland Association for honoring me with the Charity Person of the Year Award 2016, for services to the Nepalese community in Edinburgh. This

The Way of the Woods

  Way of the Woods 2013 was a collaboration with Performer/Director Philip Knight This project was specifically designed to help develop life skills, confidence and responsibility in young people with additional support needs at the TEEN+ Project. The sessions were based on forest school holistic learning principles and involved six trips to the same woodland

The Wee Book about Life, Love and Living

I was commissioned by the Tasc Agency to illustrate this series of six booklets, along with Lunaria Design Aimed at Upper Primary pupils through to Secondary  School students, these booklets feature a group of children growing up from P.6 up to S.4. Produced in 2007 by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with the City