My work is always figurative, often whimsical and emotive. Animals are symbolically represented as 'the other person in the narrative'. I take inspiration from my world around me, my past and present relationships with family, friends and significant others, including imagery from the environment in which I live, have lived or travelled through. I believe my stories are similar to others and in this I hope to connect with viewers who may find their own story and connection within my work.
Born in Scotland I grew up in an artistic family, influenced by my father the late David Sutherland OBE- the legendary Beano artist for over 60 years.
I graduated in Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee Scotland.
My career in art has taken me to live in many places including London working part-time at Madame Tussauds, Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Australia for 14 years where I have many public art pieces permanently located in Queensland and New South Wales. In 2008 I moved to Nelson New Zealand, a wonderful artistic city by the sea. I currently work full-time as an artist and also teach hand-building workshops from my studio in Founders Park Nelson New Zealand.