I am a Scottish contemporary artist with a current focus on landscapes. I came across a quote by American artist Joan Mitchell which very much resonates with me:
“My paintings are titled after they are finished. I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me – and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed. I could certainly never mirror nature. I would more like to paint what it leaves with me.”
I too carry treasured landscapes around with me, some I have held for many years. Wherever I go, I spend a lot of time just looking and absorbing, mentally noting the feelings and senses evoked within. What I experience will often trigger memories which then become embedded in the landscape, adding another layer to those already bound, physically and emotionally. It is that sense of accumulative layering that fascinates me, which comes with ever evolving connections to cherished, familiar landscapes.
Back in the studio, holding that sense of layering within me, I rework and manipulate torn pieces of previous work on paper to create new layered landscape pieces from memory. This reinforces the concept of physical and emotional layers from the past and present. The use of mixed media enables me to create textured surfaces that can spread over and around the edges of the thickened paper.
MA (Hons) Fine Art, Edinburgh University & Edinburgh College of Art.