Blog

Here I will periodically post my thoughts in blog form. Please find my latest posts below and if you have any feedback please get in touch with me.

Latest Blog Posts

The Signpost at John O’Groats

March 10, 2017

The signpost at John O’Groats is a whirlwind of activity, no matter what time of year you visit. If you set up a slow- motion camera and filmed it for a day the action would be constant. Individuals of all nationalities would flit in, as would families, tourists, holidaymakers, locals, fundraisers, an assortment of vehicles […]

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The Hidden Message at John O’Groats

November 22, 2016

Have you seen this little diagram about life’s journey? That when we see our destination we envisage a straight path, a nice diagonal line, but in reality when we take that journey it is far from straight. The path is full of twists and turns, detours, huge peaks, troughs, valleys, dips and obstacles to climb? […]

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North Coast 500 Wilderness

June 15, 2016

The wilderness was calling me again a couple of weeks ago. My levels of technology, civilisation and routine were at saturation point and much as I was functioning I was finding it difficult to truly feel. And to do what I do I need to feel things, truly feel them in my heart. If my […]

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Growing Branches in Caithness

May 4, 2016

I’ve just completed another set of accounts which means I have been self-employed eight years now. What a journey! I see my journey like the growth of a child. In the early days I had no idea what I was doing, at least in terms of running a business. Sure I could paint, that comes […]

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Precious Memories

April 13, 2016

This blog was quite hard to write and it has been several weeks in the making and some tears, but I am here now and I am pleased with the result. It involves a painting and a poem.. This is the painting that I have been working on: It’s very special for many different reasons […]

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Make a Wish

March 16, 2016

There I was scrabbling around in the the back end of my twenties wondering where the years had gone, and more to the point worrying about where I was heading. I definitely didn’t want to be going in the same direction for another twenty years…which for me was completely the wrong direction – on a […]

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Inspiring Art from the Heart of the Scottish Highlands

March 1, 2016

After months of secrecy, preparation and editing my promotional video is finally ready for the world to see!! So there won’t be much writing this week, just a link to my video – it really does say  it all..from my inspiration process, to my journey, to my plans for the future to what is happening […]

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A Pot of Gold

February 17, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Or to find any pot of gold for that matter, whether at the end of the rainbow or not? Me too. Hence last Sunday I found myself out on one of my adventures, exploring […]

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Steps of Faith

January 27, 2016

It’s been go, go, go since getting back from Australia just after Christmas. I had an amazing time there and loved every second. It’s completely different to any place I have been to before – the heat, the climate, the wildlife, the way of life – it’s just all so different. I can’t wait to […]

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This Artist’s Year in Scotland

December 9, 2015

I am signing off now for the year because on Saturday I fly to Australia for the Christmas holidays!! I never saw that coming but we were blessed with the generous offer of some tickets and now we get to spend time with my husband’s brother and family in Brisbane. So as of Friday I […]

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Open Art Studio Tour

November 25, 2015

I am busy preparing for this Saturday’s Open Art Studio Day so I thought it best to show you in video format, rather than write. Enjoy! My video footage cut off before I could sign off, so I would have said thank you for following, thank you for your support and I look forward to […]

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Wings at Dunbeath Strath

November 11, 2015

Those who have been following my blogs regularly will know that I love exploring, especially this far north corner of the UK that is Caithness. I was out last weekend at Dunbeath Strath, basking in the late Autumnal sunshine and revelling in the bright woodland colours. The strath is a lovely walk to do because […]

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May the Sun rise on your Dreams

October 28, 2015

So we have turned that corner and officially stepped into Winter hours. The nights are already drawing in and it gets more difficult to paint once the light starts to fade. There are ways I work around this, by having light boxes and daylight bulbs, but it’s still not the same as natural light. So […]

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Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

October 14, 2015

I have weaknesses – yes I am human! But the one that came to my mind last weekend was the fact that I am not very good at selling – myself or my art. I can and do market my art well, as I like telling stories and this comes naturally to me, but when […]

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Finding Refuge in each Moment

September 30, 2015

“Bothy – (In Scotland) a small hut or cottage, especially one for housing farm labourers or for use as a mountain refuge”, Oxford Dictionary. Bothies intrigue me. Bothying is a modern tradition dating from the post World War II period. The growing economy increased wages, shortened working hours, and mountaineering and hill walking became popular forms of […]

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