Welcome

Amy is a graduate in Fine Art from ECA/Edinburgh University. She is now an established painter on the Scottish art scene, with a keen eye for the subtleties and quiet expansiveness of the Scottish landscape.

Amy says: ‘In seeking what to paint, I look for landscapes that offer to transport me into the vastness of nature. At the edge of the sea, where the clouds are reflected on the wet sands of a retreating tide, and the turbulent ocean scatters every colour of light from the vast sky above; in the depths of a snowy forest, where the dark forms of the trees repeat and and recede into the silent distance, and light plays across the undulating snow: these are the landscapes that draw me in and call me to paint.

For the upcoming 'All thing Connect' exhibition at Resipole Studios (www.resipolestudios.co.uk) I have chosen to show four ecosystems - ones that are very familiar to me from walks and travels in my local area - that were until recently undervalued, neglected or misunderstood, but which the past few decades of science have revealed to be wonders. These ecosystems are fragile, fragmented and under threat, but with proper understanding and support there is the opportunity to restore great swathes of Scotland to an abundance of biodiversity, and to restore the ability of our ecosystems to act as vast carbon sinks.

All paintings at the Resipole exhibition are on hemp canvas, which was used by artists for centuries before regulations to favour industrialised cotton farming destroyed the hemp industry. Hemp fabric uses less land than cotton, needs no pesticides, little water, returns carbon to the soil as it grows, and is useful in organic crop rotation. I avoid plastics and petrochemicals by using plant based primers and thinners, and earth-based pigments mixed with walnut oil in the tradition of the Old Masters.'