I took up painting as a hobby after moving to Dumfries and Galloway in 2005. I was interested in trying watercolours as I loved the way the paint could mix on wet paper leaving 'happy accidents'. I then discovered pastels and loved the immediacy of the media. I mainly paint landscapes and try to capture atmosphere inspired by the beautiful Galloway scenery. I also started painting dogs and I like the challenge of catching their personality and emotions.