I was born in Paisley and grew up in Linwood where and I went on to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone Art and Design in Dundee.
I regularly visit the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and Paisley Arts Centre and try to attend as many of the festivals and events in the town as possible... I particularly enjoy Sma’ Shot Day.
I’m involved in the Pride of Paisley art project and my lion, ‘Paisley Conversation’, can be seen outside the Paisley Arts Centre. It was designed with the 2021 UK City of Culture bid in mind.
Paisley Conversation is quite unique in that, when the button on his nose is pressed, you can hear excerpts from interviews with people involved in the local arts and heritage community.
I conducted and edited over 40 interviews and hoped that, through these conversations, further conversations about the culture in Paisley would be sparked as the lion was placed back into the community. This sense of culture coming from the community, but also having the ability to give back and reach even further, is what really inspired me during this project.
Pride of Paisley has given me the opportunity to meet lots of extremely interesting people. I have loved working alongside the other artists, the bid team, Paisley First and PACE. I have learned so much about Paisley and my sense of pride has definitely been strengthened.
This has also been my first commissioned piece of work and I feel that I now have much more confidence to pursue other projects and get more involved in our local arts community.
I would like to seek out more local opportunities to exhibit work and volunteer to work with young people and get them more involved and engaged with the arts in Paisley and the 2021 bid.