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About flyingcreature

I'm a Cumbrian born painter and printmaker based in Scotland. My work is inspired by British nature. I studied on the Foundation Course at Leith School of Art in 2003 before going on to take the MA Fine Art degree at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University graduating in 2008. I now make my work from my studio in Coburg House and teach drawing, painting and printmaking at Leith School of Art and around Scotland.

The Art of Immersion

I’m a sporadic swimmer, not a strong or competitive one. During the long periods when I don’t swim, I often think about it. At the moment I’m in a swim-phase, triggered by an exhibition visit with a friend. A large … Continue reading

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Kitti-wake

I have spent a lot of time watching, drawing and listening to the kittiwakes which form a colony each summer on the picturesque ruins of Dunbar castle. The photograph above shows the view from Dunbar looking out across the Firth … Continue reading

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Concrete Nature

During November I exhibited some work as part of the exhibition Concrete Nature which coincided with the New Networks for Nature conference in Stamford. The theme of the show was focussed on nature in the urban environment. I am surprised … Continue reading

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Trees for Life

Recently I spent an inspiring and informative week working as a volunteer for the Scottish charity Trees for Life in the beautiful surroundings of Glen Affric. I was inspired to sign up for a week with Trees for Life after … Continue reading

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Hunted birds…

At the end of January I took part in a creative writing and wood engraving course at the National Gallery of Scotland. It is so informative as a teacher to experience being a student again and it is always inspiring … Continue reading

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A Year Reflected: Part II

And so to the second half of the year – which was filled with teaching and travel. The sea bird drawing course has become an important marker in my year since I first attended it in 2012. This year was … Continue reading

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A Year Reflected: Part I

I really value the days between Christmas and New Year as a time to reflect on the year just gone by and look forward to what lies ahead. This year has provided a number of clear, crisp days between Christmas … Continue reading

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