Scottish painter of portraits, figures, and still-life, born in Greenock. She studied at *Glasgow School of Art from 1983 to 1988, and like Stephen *Conroy, who was a year ahead of her there, she had achieved substantial success before she completed her postgraduate studies, winning the John Player Portrait Award in 1987. In 1989 she was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London, to paint a portrait of the Queen Mother. Duncan Macmillan has argued that her success has been due to her alignment with a figurative tradition represented by *Coldstream and *Freud, although she herself has a particular admiration for the French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), whose attention to detail and immaculate surfaces she emulates.
Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)