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Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Residency | 0 comments

This summer I took up joint artist in residence for two weeks with Liz Myhill at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, located on the most southern tip of Shetland.

To reach our destination Liz and I navigated our way from Lerwick harbour to Sumburgh Head, passing shetland ponies and sheep along the road.

Nothing could prepare me for the jaw dropping scenery as we snaked across the landscape, driving over the airport runway which is closed whenever a flight is taking off or landing. As we approached our accommodation, a recently renovated cottage located next to the Lighthouse, we were greeted by a small cluster of puffins flying to and from their burrows. The dramatically perched Lighthouse on the cliff which was designed by the famous engineer Robert Stevenson is home to one of the largest puffin colonies in Scotland.


2016-08-22-17-35-04Looking up to Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, ink and gouache on paper


Despite being the beginning of August we were still able to enjoy the last of the puffins who weren’t quite ready to leave the comfort of their burrows for the harsh Atlantic and North Sea.


Dark clouds over Fitful Head, gouache and wax crayon on paper


Throughout our stay we were given permission to use the Visitor Centre/Cafe as a studio space, this provided us with an uninterrupted view of the landscape and birds, a place of refuge and contemplation when the high winds were too strong to work outdoors. We spent many evenings mesmerised by the flightiness of fulmars and bonxies (great skua) as they circled the cliffs unaware of our presence. Who needs a television!


Storm over Fitful Head, gouache on paper

The continual change in weather became the focus of many of the works I made on Shetland. Passing showers, gale force winds, storms, blazing sunshine, fiery sunsets, misty mornings and rainbows. All of the elements which I endeavoured to embrace and battled against. The experience of being in the landscape, watching it fade and re-appear as dark clouds descended above created a sense of urgency and energy in my way of working.

The lighthouse itself is a fantastic place to be based. I’m looking forward to continuing my exploration of Shetland on my return next June 2017.

To see more photographs and examples of work made during my two week residency please follow me on Instagram.

Thank you to all the staff who made us feel so welcome and to Angela Hunt for all her help.

Shetland Pony, Waterless Lithograph, 21 x 29 ins

Submerge Head Lighthouse, Pastel on paper, 21 x 29 ins


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The Annex Residency, Crinan 2014

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Residency | 0 comments

The Annex Residency provided a unique opportunity for my sister (Kim Scouller) and I to spend one week based in and around Crinan, a small harbour village on the west coast of Scotland. Surrounded by stunning seascapes, breathtaking views of Jura and the famous Crinan canal on our doorstep – it did not take us long to settle into our work.

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During my stay I made a series of drawings based on the boats moored in the loch and in the working boat yard. Above is the Victoria Semper and the Duke of Normandy. We were lucky to see the VIC32 arrive to refuel and continue it’s journey onto the Sound of Jura leaving a trail of puffy black cloud.


Freshly caught squat lobsters, cooked and ready to eat or draw!

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The work made during our residency were included in a group exhibition called ‘Doors of Perception’. The show helped to raise funds to buy suitable doors for the annex studios.

Crinan was a fantastic place to be based for a week. Both Kim and I are grateful for the generosity and enthusiasm of our host Ross Ryan, his family and the community spirit in Crinan all of which added to the memorable experience of working there.



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