BIO

Gemma graduated in 2003 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art & Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Before this she grew up in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. 

Since graduating she has enjoyed travelling Europe & Asia.  She studied a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow & went on to teach Art & Design in Edinburgh.

 

Currently Gemma works from her studio in Edinburgh. 

Her firm foundation in realism has evolved into a love for nature inspired abstraction. 

She uses high quality acrylic paint & UVA protective varnish on canvas or board & sells a variety of framed & unframed works. 

ABOUT

I create work in an abstract non-representational style relying on colour interaction & composition to convey nature's colour & movement. 

I've always had an interest in being near water; be it precious memories of hiking up to Highland waterfalls as a child, camping beside Scotland's finest lochs & rivers or scuba diving in the ocean.  

I am interested in how colours move, merge, reflect & interact above & below water. 

My paintings depict a moment in time, capturing water’s surface & texture & in some cases, figures within.

My artworks have a distinct feeling of calm & fluidity which I create through a process of moving meandering colour through deep layers of acrylic.

I begin with colour inspiration from nature. I keep in mind a loose composition of where i am headed. I begin with a tried colour combination or a new mixture of colour recently spotted in nature's sky, land or water.

 

I'm always looking into new ways of making colour interact & react against one another. 

Layering colour comes from instinct but i often find myself reacting to what is appearing on the canvas & make adjustments along the way. 

I create in ways which unbind me from literal interpretation so both I & the viewer can be free to interpret and experience my artwork in a way that is relevant to them.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss my work or arrange a studio visit.