'I started my stonecarving business in 1995 in the small hamlet of Path of Condie after gaining my degree from Glasgow School of Art and subsequently studying architectural carving at Weymouth College in Dorset. During that time I undertook a wide variety of both private & public Art commissions including creating niche carvings on Tay Street Flood Prevention Wall, large marine life elements in Morecambe, lettered panels on the Canongate Wall at the Scottish Parliament and most recently working with the sculptor John Maine to letter the memorial to Stephen Hawking in Westminster Abbey. Through my long-standing association with Memorials by Artists, I became a founding member of the Scottish Lettercutters Association in 2001. In 2005 I was awarded a QEST scholarship which enabled me to spend four months improving my model-making, casting and carving skills at the workshop of the French stonecarver, Marc Chevalier Lacombe near Orleans, France. Then in 2008, I won the JD Fergusson Arts Award Travel Prize to realise my ambition to travel to Carrara, Italy to learn marble Carving at the Arco Arte studio with sculptor Boutros Romhein.' - Gillian Forbes
Now based in Glenfarg, Gillian creates her unique pieces as well as private commissions for hand-carved memorials, lettering and carved features in a wide variety of British stone. The inspiration for her carving is drawn mostly from the natural world that surrounds her in rural Perthshire.