Euchan House Gallery, Sanquhar DG4 6LG
Tel: 01659 50224 – Email – email@example.com
I am primarily a silk and textile artist, specialising in silk paintings and wallhangings, on fine pongee or habotai silk. I have also developed various techniques for working on velvet and fabrics, and I also paint in watercolour, and in the unusual medium of watercolour on silk paper. In contrast, I produce a smaller number of acrylic paintings.
I was born in Lancashire, and moved to Singapore at the age of 19, where I studied silk painting and showed my work as a student at several ‘studio’ exhibitions. I spent several years in Malta and was inspired by the brilliant light and colours of the landscape. On returning to this country (UK), I settled in Dumfriesshire in the Euchan Glen, just outside Sanquhar, where I sold my work and held my first solo exhibition at the Xanadu Gallery, followed by annual exhibitions until the gallery closed in 1999. After obtaining a City & Guilds in silkpainting, I opened my own gallery, The Euchan House Gallery, and began to exhibit there, and at many other venues. I have held over 40 solo exhibitions and over 50 joint exhibitions. Six of my solo exhibitions have been at the Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright, and 4 solo and 2 joint exhibitions have been held at the Chambers Gallery, Moffat. Other venues include The Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, The Burnside Gallery, Arran, the Cat’s Moustache, Creetown, The Devorgilla Gallery, Dumfries, and many others. I am a member of DAGFAS , a prestigious Fine Art Association,and my work has been accepted for their annual exhibitions every year from 1997-2009. I have demonstrated silk painting at many exhibitions, and two of my silk paintings were purchased in 2009 by Dumfries & Galloway Infirmary, for their permanent collection. I was co-founder of an Art Association, ‘Artists United’ – dedicated to bringing art to the public, and promoting its members’ work.
Forthcoming Exhibitions: ‘Cornucopia’ –(Joint Exhibition with another artist) The Cat’s Moustache Gallery, Creetown, May/June 2010. ‘Natural Images’ –(Solo Exhibition) Threa ve Gardens, Castle Douglas,– July 2010.
Silk painting is an ancient art form which is enjoying a modern ‘renaissance’ with endless possibilities for experimentation and development. By using different types of silk, each with its own quality and sheen, I let my imagination run free. The paint and silk flow together without the use of ‘gutta’ lines to separate the colours, creating fluid, ethereal effects, whilst the use of ‘gutta’ results in vibrant designs in a decorative style. Many of my paintings are impressions, ‘the spirit of place’ or become dreamscapes from imagination – mythology- ‘the other world’. The fluid quality of a natural material, silk, enhances these ideas. I experiment with salt, ink,wax and shibori techniques, so that each painting is unique. Colour is an important element of my work, and I use combinations of strong colours in addition to the softer tones associated with silk painting. I am inspired by natural images, and find the interplay of paint with a natural substance fascinating and unpredictable. I produce work in a variety of subject matter, and my works are ‘one-offs’ .I never make silk prints, cards or copies from my images, so that each piece of work remains original and unique.
I also work in watercolour, mainly flower studies, where the translucency of the petals can be expressed in this fluid medium, and I have recently begun to experiment with watercolour on silk paper, where the silk threads running through the paper form an integral part of the painting, and add texture to the finished work. I also produce a smaller number of works in the contrasting medium of acrylic, where the brilliant tones of the acrylic palette are used to striking effect. The theme of all my paintings is the interpretation of natural elements, drawn from memory and imagination. I seek to create a sense of atmosphere in my landscapes, and experiment with innovative abstracts in all media.