Born in Edinburgh, Deirdre trained at Liverpool and Winchester Schools of Art in England in the 1970's. While working in a studio at Summerhall Arts Centre in Edinburgh between 2012-2017 she produced some of her best-known bronze portraits for public and private commissions. There are examples in the University of Edinburgh and in Glasgow’s City Chambers as well as in private collections in the UK, France and the USA. Her most important commission to date was the creation of a large bronze bust of Nelson Mandela for Glasgow’s City Chambers, after being selected from a shortlist of 6 leading Scottish Sculptors.
Recent exhibitions were as part of a group show at Summerhall in Edinburgh, with Hugh Buchanan, Kate Downie and other Scottish artists who formed part of a special week’s residency on Iona in 2017. Deirdre showed in Dorchester in 2018 and at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital Gallery Oxford in 2019.
‘I seek to capture the essence of the sitter in my portrait sculpture work – I like the piece to look different from various angles according to the changes of light, or the viewer’s mood. For my landscape paintings, I look for colour, warmth and light’.