Pen gained her Masters in Painting and Printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago on an International Peace Scholarship. On graduating she was awarded the Institute’s Ryerson Travelling Scholarship and the Austin Museum’s Juror’s Award.
Pen has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, The Open Eye Gallery, Inverleith House, Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, and abroad in Chicago, Banff and Texas.
Pen’s invited performances of her poetry have included Coastword Festival, The Poetry Club, The National Library & The Edinburgh Fringe to five star review. Pen co-wrote ‘Char’: performed and published for the Hidden Doors Festival. Her first solo collection ‘Invalid’ was launched at the Scottish Poetry Library by Appletree Press.