xmelmerby fell hares tail cotton grass

 hare's tail cotton grass    inkjet collage  [ watercolour & photograph ] from 'Spring in Shap' series

 A visual artist, I connect with place, locality and nature slowly. 

New work includes Solway paintings. Following extensive walks in the Eden Valley, the Westmorland Dales and the Eastern Fells of the Lake District around Shap, Wet Sleddale and the Lowther Valley, a new series is in progress.

  • BA Fine Art, Liverpool College of Art
  • BA Art History & Philosophy, Open University
  • Between 1998 & 2017 I lived in Dumfries & Galloway, setting up two galleries and involved with ‘Spring Fling’, the region’s open studio trail until 2016, taking part since 2017 as a ‘Neighbour / Returner’. I currently live and work in the Eden Valley in Cumbria.
  • Member of 'Upland' artists' network.
  • Selected for 2017 Cumbria Artist of the Year exhibition, Rheged, Penrith
  • Participant, Cumbria’s last ‘C-Art Open Studio’ trail. 2017


2021                      'Days Without End'  WWT Caerlaverock, Dumfries & Galloway

                              'Lockdown Drawings and Paintings' Old Courthouse, Shap

2020                     ‘High Summer’,The Hive, Nenthead

2019                      ‘Changes’ Old Courthouse, Shap

                              ‘Material Worlds’ Old Courthouse, Shap

                               Solo exhibition, The Hub, Eskdalemuir

                              ‘Fold in the land – and the sea!’ Woolfest, Cockermouth

                               Viridian Gallery, Keswick

                               Frameworks & Cushions, Gracefield Craft Shop, Dumfries

2018                      ‘Lands in Between’ The Hub, Eskdalemuir

                              ‘Postcards for Iona’ Iona Craft Shop, Argyll

                               Viridian Gallery, Keswick

                               Lakes Artists, Grasmere

                               ‘Fold in the Land’ Woolfest, Cockermouth

                                Otterburn Gallery, Dumfries

2017                       ‘Summer Exhibition’ The Lakes Artists Society, Grasmere

                               ‘Cumbrian Artist of the Year’ Rheged Gallery, Penrith

                                ‘Home’ Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

2016                        ‘Frost & Fire’ Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

                                ‘Winter’ Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

                                ‘Postcards 2016’ Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

2015                        ‘React/Reflect/Respond’ Perth Museum & Art Gallery

                                ‘The Eye of the Beholder’ Friends Gallery, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

2014                        ‘Same But Different’ Art Fair, Temple Newsam, Leeds

                                ‘Coast’ Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder

                                ‘Narratives’ Coldstream Gallery, Berwickshire 

                                ‘Catchment’ Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries & The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse



2021      Highlighting Eden ‘Spring in Shap’ installation of inkjet collages outdoors.

2010      House for an Art Lover, Glasgow - two paintings purchased for their permanent collection         

2009      Renal Unit, DGRI [Three paintings 'Nithsdale Triptych']

2005      Alexandra Unit, DGRI