Painting, Wool & Me

 

I grew up on a farm near Coupar Angus in Perthshire. Growing up in the countryside  gave me an appreciation of nature and the landscape we live in. Country life evolves around the different seasons. The land and sky are forever changing. The colours evolving within.

 

I moved to Langholm in Dumfriesshire over twenty years ago having graduated from Heriot Watt University in Galashiels with a Bsc. in Clothing Studies.  For the last twenty four years I have followed a career in clothing as a Designer initially and then as a Technologist.

 

In 2009 I picked up my paintbrushes again after a gap of nearly 15 years. In 2011 I exhibited my work for the first time in a solo exhibition in Kirkcudbright. As a young girl all I wanted to do was to become an Artist....dreams do come true they may just take a little longer than you first expect! Life has come full circle.........

I  am a mixed media artist and I am inspired by land/seascapes and floral influences. With much of that inspiration coming from my native Perthshire, Angus & Dumfriesshire. I work in oils and  wool fibres.  My oil paintings inspire  my wool felt 'paintings' and creative pieces.  My felt art and craft pieces are created by using a combination of wet and needle felting techniques.  I mainly work with dyed merino wool tops, adding  silk fibres, wool nepps, locks and Angelina fibres for texture and effect.   I also add embroidery stitching both by hand and machine  to create further interest. The overall look that can be achieved is exciting and effective and in many ways are similar to painting. My felted pieces are a happy combination of my love of painting and years spent working with textiles and colour.

Commissions are welcome in either oils or wool felt. I also run a series of wool felt workshops in Langholm, Dumfriesshire and Blairgowrie, Perthshire throughout the year. Where we cover how to create your very own wool felt 'painting' and other wool felt crafts. 

 

 I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I have enjoyed creating  them...

 

Ann...