One of Skye’s most popular and talked-about artists, known for her vibrant colours, atmospheric seascapes, and rainy-day sheep paintings. Marion’s distinctive artwork, quirky wirework and wearable art accessories are collected and/or worn all over the world.
WHAT I USE: The quick drying-time of acrylics, ink and watercolour, which I mostly use, lends an urgency to the creation process, breathing vitality into the mark making. Energetically applied paint conveys the fast-changing weather and light conditions in the Hebrides and Highlands, while fluid paint allowed to run creates a sense of the frequent rain.
It’s a dance between still-wet and dry, deliberate and serendipitous, abstract and representation. By looking repeatedly at particular locations, and painting the many moods of these, I aim to create layered paintings that contain multiple memories of a location or subject. Paintings not limited to what meets the eye at a finite moment, that tell different stories when you view them from a distance and up close.
I thrive on returning to the same subjects time and again as there’s always something else I see or another way I might paint it. I search for the unfamiliar in the familiar. You can’t step in the same river twice.
WHERE TO SEE MY AVAILABLE PAINTINGS: My paintings can be found at Skyeworks Gallery in Portree on the Isle of Skye and at Gallery6 in Newark-on-Trent. Pieces still in my studio are viewable by arrangement.
MEET ME: I’m in Skyeworks most Saturdays. Do pop in and say hello.
MY FLOWER PAINTINGS developed from my love of flowers, starting with the foxgloves, roses and daisies in my garden. Colourfields of blooms that fill your vision; an array of tiny pieces of colour and brushmarks up close that meld to become representational as you step back a little. To me they’re a logical extension of my seascape colourfields.
WHY do I occasionally call it the Mat Cat Art Studio rather than the Isle of Skye Art Studio? Because there’s invariably at least one cat from the studio posse keeping an eye on what I’m doing, no matter what time of day it is!