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, ink & UVA protective varnish on canvas or board & sells a variety of framed & unframed works.
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 & ink.
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.