I relocated from home in Tipperary, Southern Ireland to Scotland to progress from amateur watercolourist to full-time professional artist. My love of botany and gardening pointed me in the direction of botanical illustration and I completed the 2 year diploma course at the world renowned Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
I now live a few miles from Rosslyn Chapel, near Edinburgh, and like many of its world-wide visitors, one visit had me captivated and sparked a journey entwining history, mystery and creativity.
My botanical illustrations, inspired by the stone vegetation carvings inside the chapel, took over 18 months to complete. I grew the plants, that were represented in the carvings, in my garden and painted life size from fresh living specimens*.
After completing my ‘Rosslyn Stone Garden Collection ™’, I noticed other carvings of gargoyles & grotesques in obscure places around the chapel. They seemed to be saying “Hey! What about us?”, so I decided to bring them back to life & reveal the hidden faces crying out for recognition.
Who are these guys? Did they really have monkeys in 15th century Scotland? What is the significance of the green men? Why is the mermaid upside down?…
More and more questions arose with each Forgotten Face that I studied and painted.
As an amateur explorer, I’d love to find the answers to these and many other questions. I will be looking for more clues from my detailed studies of each carving, and as they are revealed I will share them with you first. (Be sure you are signed up to the Newsletter!)
Perhaps you, or your family and friends will have your own theories as to the hidden meanings of the various characters and I’d love to hear about them in the comments in the Journal posts.
Join me as we piece together parts of the puzzle, and make sense of this unsolved ancient mystery!