I have chosen to look back through my archives to give a behind the scenes look at how my work has developed over the years. Mostly unseen works stored away in my studio Plan Chest, these are works that will stay there for my reference. Included will be a few paintings that I see as key pieces to my practice.
‘Bosquoy’ 2001. Acrylic, ink, enamel paint, graphite on canvas.
Painted at ECA, gifted to Keith Leonard. Age 19
As a child my family went summer holidays to Bosquoy Loch in Harray and stayed in our rickety caravan. I loved it. The smell, the freedom, the fresh air. I have memories of collecting water from the loch for the dishes and feeling the cold water on my peedie toes, using the stepping stones at the edge of the loch to balance while looking at the twinkling water. Walking barefoot, crunching over the dried reeds. Rolling down the hill behind the caravan and dancing with my sisters in the evening.
It was cold, often wet and I slept in a hammock.
Bosquoy is one of my favourite places. Bosquoy is a painting that marks the point at which I started to fully focus my painting practice on Orkney Landscape.
Luckily, it now hangs in our sitting room as I married Keith a good few years later.