Linda works mainly in watercolour, bringing vivid life to the mountains of the Highlands, where she lived and worked for many years.
Previously a graphic designer and art director working in London in the sixties, Linda moved to Scotland to focus on applied arts; spinning dying and weaving. She is also a Kinesiologist and teaches therapies and meditation, now based in Stockbridge.
'I use a subtle palette and paint entirely outside, hoping to capture the mercurial weather, light and moods of the Isle of Skye. I like to portray the feeling of Skye through an intuitive response to the changing landscape and its colours. I often paint in the same places at different times of the day, observing and absorbing the changing days and seasons.
Being within the landscape, feeling the elements while seeing my surroundings change, produces, I hope, the sense of the particular moment in my paintings. My style of painting is to capture the scene in a single session with no reworking.'
Kelly has a fascination for Victorian, Georgian and Gothic architecture, so Edinburgh proved a source of constant inspiration when she moved here from her native Australia. Joining the Printmakers' Workshop, Kelly focuses on the medium of silkscreen, combining quirky architectural sketches with mark making and hand written text. For Bon Papillon she has created one-off collage images using her own prints, drawings and multi-media textures.
Senja has a passion for wild places and travels throughout the mainland and islands of Scotland by motorbike or campervan; hiking, sailing or kayaking to reach isolated areas. She carries compacted painting materials which enable her to work directly on location whenever possible, feeling that this lends a freshness and personal quality to the work, allowing it to become not just a painting but a very real part of the adventures.
Kelly Anne Cairns
Kelly-Anne currently works and lives in a small coastal village in North East Scotland. Her main sources of inspiration are aged frescos of Italian Renaissance painters, Geisha and Oriental style, and the design and texture of fabrics. Described as "accomplished and powerful" and "a modern Klimt" by The Herald, Kelly-anne describes her work as portraying the human form and emotions. "I manipulate the figure and its surroundings by exploring the contrasts between the angular shapes surrounding the figure and the soft contours of the body."
Joyce Gunn Cairns
"Joyce Gunn Cairns ' remarkable paintings ... demonstrate how many different kinds of visual truths there are ;..... in these graphic and unflinching images, she not only manages that sense of reaching out to touch; she conveys how, from inwards, we feel outward; what it is like to be in one's own skin..."
Duncan MacMillan, The Scotsman, Feb 2011
Astrid Trügg has a deep interest in architecture, shapes and contours of the city and it's past. She is inspired by the textures of weathered walls, piers and facades of historic buildings, and the changes of colour and character created by this natural influence. By working in media like collage, pigments and gesso, she is able to work back into layers of paint which create fascinating textures that reflect these interests
'I am an illustrator and printmaker from Germany, living and working in Edinburgh.
I am inspired by things revolving around the realm of folk and fairy tales, by storytelling and sequential imagery, by trees and animals and the relationship between humans and nature. I also seem to enjoy drawing woolly jumpers.'
Tom Sutton Smith
Tom has been painting from an early age encouraged by a threepenny bit, given to him by an art teacher for one of his drawings.
Tom grew up in Scotland and attended Edinburgh College of Art. He pursued a career in advertising with Scotland’s leading agencies before moving to Canada in 1981 to find new challenges.
After a successful career in advertising, as an art director and creative director in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg,Tom decided to breathe again and fulfill a lifelong ambition by painting full-time.
Now repatriated in Scotland Tom works mainly in oil on canvas, on a broad range of subjects including portrait commissions. Tom’s work is exhibited in galleries in Scotland and across Canada
I design and create one-off ceramic sculptures of people, all of which capture the observed essence of human behaviour. I like to think that my sculptures are humorous and slightly whimsical and that all of my pieces are unique in both form and personality.
My inspiration comes from observing life around me: I only make figures of happy people enjoying themselves. Human nature is immensely interesting to me and I want to express it all in my sculptures. I do not seek anatomical perfection, preferring instead a stylised technique that I feel retains the expression of human behaviour.
"Detail is the most important aspect of my art. I hope to draw the viewer into my paintings, to look again at the often-unnoticed patterns and textures of the natural world, whether a leaf, a stone or a puddle.
I work from a collage of photos combining different viewpoints to build an image that is full of detail."
Jackie creates semi-abstracted, highly atmospheric oil paintings, weaving beautiful and evocative visions of the Scottish landscape with her sophisticated use of colour and texture. Jackie lives in Arbroath where the sea and its ever-changing colours and moods provide the main inspiration for her work.
Joe Broadley HPAI
I am largely self taught but studied part time at Glasgow School of Art. I draw inspiration from the Impressionists and the Colourists and paint mainly in oils. I am an Artist and Council Member of The Paisley Art Institute. My work focuses on landscape, cityscape and seascape and whilst some of my work concentrates on the light and colour of European locations, I equally enjoy the challenge of capturing the contrasting mood of Scottish landscape.
I am a portrait painter based near Glasgow. I work mainly in oils for figurative pieces inspired by Post-Impressionism, 50s American advertising and Pop Art. I have a healthy obession with burlesque and cabaret and dabble in flamenco baile.
A portrait artist working quietly away in a studio in Bishopton, I am currently portraying the beautiful people from the burlesque and cabaret scene. I am always keen to try and paint a new face, even though I have enough material to keep me painting for the next 10 years.
I have always been drawn to create, paint and weave stories around it all.
A childhood obsessing over illuminated projects led to art college in Norwich and London then work as a freelance illustrator and picture researcher/archivist.
My paintings are part diary, part learning curve. Usually figurative, the characters are often my avatar, acting out autobiographical narratives: recently they have taken more of a life of their own, however, and a cast of characters are developing their own stories.
Colours, pattern and ideas often come from observation during travels, absorbing the contemporary design and historical works of a place.
Angela is German by birth, and studied linguistics before moving into art, combining language with the images.Working largely with printmaking, Angela's work is largely figurative, especially family, friends and the many creatures that she has accumulated into her household. Dogs, cats, horses, hens and 'various other critters' appear in cannily observed studies that amuse and touch the imagination.
"What does it feel like to walk a dog in the rain? What is going on in the little dog's head when it looks at me like that?"
Angela finds printmaking ideal for her work as it allows her the freedom to draw and focus on the expressive qualities of the subjects in a very direct way. She is a member of the Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop and Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio.
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