Observational Fieldwork

Much of my time is spent outdoors watching and recording ecological phenomena. Below are some examples of studies created from 'being there' in the field and working on the image as the natural narratives play out in front of me.

Flight Paths -Bass Rock
Flight Paths -Bass Rock

Gannets and guillemots time-based flap / glide patterns off the south cliff of the island.

Spring Low Tide
Spring Low Tide

The rare emergence of the Laminaria hyperborea kelp beds at Selwicks Bay, Flamborough.

Tidal Pool Drawing
Tidal Pool Drawing

Thinking about scales and cycles whilst drawing on the shoreline.

It All Happens at St Abbs
It All Happens at St Abbs

The Clapham Junction of seabird city: one of the stack off the East Scottish reserve of St Abbs with nesting guillemots and razorbills, passing kittiwakes, fishing gannets and other such raucousness.

Transparent Bodies
Transparent Bodies

There, and then not there... translucent species from the North Sea seen whilst diving.

Constant Flux
Constant Flux

A day full of weather at St Abbs - lost 3 other pieces over the cliff, this is a survivor.

Sandeels - Dunbar Harbour 60x84cm
Sandeels - Dunbar Harbour 60x84cm

The changes in surface markings over time by wind, boat engines, tidal change and shoals of sandeel.

Lindisfarne 10:00am
Lindisfarne 10:00am

The perfect pool.

Lindisfarne Rockpool 10am to 17.30pm each painting 45x45cm Acrylic
Lindisfarne Rockpool 10am to 17.30pm each painting 45x45cm Acrylic

A rock pool charted hourly across an intertidal period.

St Ninians Cave
St Ninians Cave

On the Whithorn peninsula the cave is a retreat or hermitage where ten crosses are cut into the cave wall itself, and 18 early Christian carved stones have been found. A magical place.

Dappled Light- Dalby Forest
Dappled Light- Dalby Forest

Wet wood, painted in between spring showers. Wet work, wet bum.

Fieldwork - Drachiella
Fieldwork - Drachiella

Rock pool on Sark with fluorescing Drachiella weed, corallines and kelp. A burst of saline colour.