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Flowers

'Katrina's flowers' was drawn in Qatar after my first daughter was born and we'd returned to the Gulf in 1994 with her at four weeks old. We ex-pat  mums formed a small babysitting support group, enabling us each, in turn, to have a precious two hour break from our new and very unfamiliar job as parents. I headed straight to my drawing board for reassurance! This was the result - my first piece of new work as a mother, so I naturally named it after my beautiful daughter.

'Orkney Poppy' was painted as an experiment. After Gunnie Moberg the photographer passed away, her husband Tam McPhail let me visit Gunnie's iconic garden outside Stromness to take photos of the flowers she had so carefully grown and nurtured. The poppies made huge splashes of colour and this painting was an attempt to capture that intensity.

'Lily Gunn's Teapot' My grandmother was a nurse in the First World War. I inherited her teapot and this painting is in memory of her.