My recent work explores aspects of the landscape, heritage and history of the Firth of Clyde, the largest and deepest coastal waters in the British Isles, close to my home in Scotland. I have always been fascinated by the area, its cultural and industrial heritage, from fishing to shipbuilding, both industries now in decline with the subsequent loss of cultures and skills. The current, sinister, presence of the UK fleet of nuclear submarines is a key topic of local and national debate. Recently I have been working on a series of artworks that use drawing, photography and mixed media to produce limited edition digital inkjet prints (each print is available in an edition of 15). The process of making the works echoes my feelings about the changing landscape – personal, layered, multifaceted and nuanced. It is a personal, sometimes political and occasionally playful, response to the way that a place has changed and is being changed by human activity.
I am Professor of Applied Visual Arts Education at the University of Lapland in Finland. I was Reader in art and design education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow until April 2010. My art, teaching and research focus on the interface of place, people and industrial heritage.