Fiona trained in drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art under David Michie and Elizabeth Blackadder, then printmaking at Grafikskolan Forum Sweden under the innovative Prof. Bertil Lundberg, a member of the Swedish Surrealist movement. She lived in Sweden for seven years, exhibiting painting and prints then went on to do a Post Grad. at Barcelona Studios, Winchester School of Art.
While doing her MA Fiona worked as assistant to Master Printmaker Masafumi Yamamoto, learning viscosity techniques in colour etching.
Fiona is inspired by nature and its dynamic structures and colours, with influences including the Scottish Colourists, Canadian Group of 7 and Swedish Imaginists. Her work is in private and public collections in Sweden, Iceland, Germany and the UK and she is represented in the book - 'British Art Now' by Jacob Sutton
Fiona has been a member of the Bath Society of Artists since 2002 and won several art prizes. In 1996 she was awarded Surrey Heath Arts Council bursary and in 1988 won a competition in Sweden to make public art works for Malmo General Hospital.
Fiona has lectured and taught painting, life drawing and printmaking since 1991. First recommended to a Swedish art school by Prof. Bertil Lundberg who was impressed with her drawing skills, she later taught Post Grad. life drawing and painting at Central School of Speech and Drama and at a variety of other colleges in London, Bath, Wales and Gloucestershire.
Her students gain confidence, learn new techniques and develop self expression. In her teaching, Fiona stresses the importance of observation from life but also encourages a lively, experimental approach to materials.
“I try to draw out the innate skills and abilities of each student through positive encouragement.”