I always wanted to go to art school.
I went to Grays School of Art in Aberdeen when I was 17yrs old, I was so homesick I was back after a year and a half.
Later on when I was 24, I finally went to London to study book illustration, I was still homesick so after I graduated, I came back to make my career in the place I love, Orkney.
I mainly exhibit pictures in my own gallery.
I have sold pictures all over the world, as far away as Korea!
Watercolours is my favourite medium, I love the way the colour reacts in an uncontrollable way. I like using mixed media in with the paints such as oil crayons and inks. Lately I have been experimenting with acrylics but again I like to use them watered down, wetting the canvas first, so that the paint reacts like watercolours.
I was born in Orkney in 1958, I am a twin, my sister is Judith Glue.
I cannot ever remember not wanting to draw, my sister and I used to compete constantly with each other and our parents were always being asked to choose which drawing was the best.
I remember, we didn’t have much money to spare as a family and my sister and I had to use every scrap of paper, we always had to use the back of every sheet and we often drew on old wallpaper, once someone gave us a large roll of plain white paper and we rolled it out in the bedroom and covered the whole lot in drawings.
In the old days, I would paint everything in the location from start to finish but now I like to work in my studio, often adding and taking away from a picture. I use my camera a lot to gather information and to help my visual memory to produce work at a later date.
I'm still learning!
Even after a lifetime of painting, I still get that buzz of putting paint to paper!