Welcome to my online gallery, Barbara Mackie - Fine Art, where you will see my work, my skills and professional experience. Please look around and get in touch for more information.
ARTIST STATEMENT AND BIO
The colours in my work are nature’s colours - observed. I explore colour in the context of the natural world. See 'Rainbow Light' where a golden yellow at the heart of the work, is the sun’s light after rain, filling the sky. See autumn’s russet colours play around the trees in 'Ancient Oak' and 'Old Oakwood' due to a long dry summer where leaves remained on the branches long into November. See 'Warm Seabreeze' where blue sky and dark sand evoke the atmosphere of air moving along the beach.
My work looks at the natural and physical aspects of the land, its essential characteristics. I also like to study the built environment, or the monumental, for example in studies of bridges, roads and railways of a resurrected railway.
I enjoy the work of natural historians such as Roger Deakin, whose writings stimulate my imagination through his description of living close to nature. Some of my work is a direct response to walking in mature and ancient woodland. In Deakin's book ‘Walnut Tree Farm’ he said “To enter a wood is to pass into a different world in which we ourselves are transformed”. He stated that we carry places and landscapes in our head, that live on in us, wherever we may be, and however far we may be from them. He believed that we never forget these places and landscapes because we have experienced such intensity of life there. I concur with those beliefs as I find my own thoughts, ideas and memories are borne of such experience, finding their way into deep internal spaces, and over time re-emerging in the birth of new work.
My arts practice is based in the Lothians, between Edinburgh and the Borders. I studied fine art at Edinburgh College of Art, and was awarded a scholarship to Yale University. Over time I have been involved in teaching at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen College, in the community and in schools. I exhibit work where there are openings and opportunities.
DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS
I seek new ways to continue the development of my work as a professional artist. Please explore this portfolio and see how my enthusiasm for the physical world inspires my artwork, in oil, acrylic, conte and ink.
IMAGES FROM THE DUKE'S ESTATE
Ancient Woodland and Monumental Bridges
Trees hundreds of years old and buildings and bridges of character.
-field, mountain, weather and core-
Mixed media, light silver frame, H 51cms x W 37cms, £190
Charcoal on paper, black frame, H 56cms x W 70cms, ££240
Oil on canvas, light wooden edging frame, H 92cms x W 122cms, £495
Collage & acrylic, white frame, H 42cms x W 48cms, £150
Ink wash & acrylic, Oak look frame, H 45cms x W 45cms, £240
Under the Plough.jpeg
Oil Pastel, light silver frame, H 47cms x W 39cms, £190
ROAD AND RAILWAYS
-designed built & lasted-
LAND AND WATER
-rock, structure, estuary and beach-
Watercolour on paper, Grey wood look frame, H 53cms x W 57cms, £240
Mixed media, Oak look frame, H 41cms x W 52cms, £240
Down to the Estuary.jpeg
Oil on board, Bronze frame, H 23cms x W 26cms, £150
Oil on canvas, Oak look frame, H 63cms W 73cms, £240
The Beckoning, Marking and Tracing
Acrylic on canvas, H120cm x W180cm, £795
Exhibiting, Chichester, West Sussex 2017
Tracing and Marking
Watercolour on paper, both H58 x W48, as a pair £290
I hope you can see in my work, the inspiration that I have experienced within the physical environment and the importance that time, place and memory played in its expression. Early this year this work was on show at the Edinburgh Central Library. Any information on future exhibitions will be notified here.