exhibiting at: Catrine CEVIC, 14 Ballochmyle Street, Catrine, Ayrshire KA5 6QP
Painting is my meditation, a form of therapy sometimes
The Artists bio
I studied Architecture at the Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in Dundee. After several years working I decided to go travelling in 2012 which led to a period of volunteering on organic smallholdings in England and France. My volunteering experience inspired and reignited my love of painting. Every day I used my sketchbook and recorded my experiences with drawings to not only record my journey but inspire future work.
On my return from travelling I was able to stay and volunteer on an organic farm with my musician partner and our cat Luna. The farm is set amongst lush green fields and not far from the coastal town of Girvan. Its a unique and beautiful area, surrounded by endless opportunity to capture the beauty of the Ayrshire coastline providing me with on-going projects.
I try to live a simple life which allows me to have time for creativity. My sketchbook is still always close to hand to capture the moment and be inspired by the changing landscape we now live and work in. I use predominantly watercolours but experiment with different mediums to suit my purpose or mood. I also use acrylics, pen, digital editing. I have recently displayed and sold my work at local craft fairs and events such as Acorn Craft Fair at Culzean Castle and Art on the Exchange in Glasgow. Venues like this are vital for showcasing work but also for selling to the public and networking with other artists. I find this encourages growth and development through further inspiration. I’ve done multiple commissions including animal portraits and Album artwork for a couple of Ayrshire Musicians. It brings me great pleasure and encouragement to work with and for others in this way.
My painting and journey is all about simplicity and escape. I don’t plan out ideas, they usually come from multiple sources or moments when least expected. The central theme that connects my work is my own personal experience of life using shadow and light although my preference is to focus on light. These moments bring a sense of peace and at times being able to use humour among the stresses of everyday life. Painting is my meditation, a form of therapy sometimes done with purpose and sometimes just because. I love observing the underlying stories and humours in nature, animals are a constant source of farce. I aim to express my experience of my surroundings through the light, pattern, colour, definition and structure of my pieces. Ailsa Craig has been of particular interest, it changes daily, disappearing in and out of the mists, alternating its relationship with the horizons and always just out of reach.
My training in Architecture influences some of my work and I still have a keen interest in shelter as I believe our environment impacts greatly on creativity. My own choice of rustic lifestyle provides constant challenges and lives up to the idea that necessity is the mother of invention. My current work is focusing on the horizons of the natural and built landscape of Ayrshire. I enjoy taking photographs of this subject which enables me to capture the moment and then use back in my studio at home to work on my next piece.