Border landscape artist Claudia Massie has opened an exhibition of Yarrow paintings at the Forest Bookstore.
“She has 10 new works, mostly small oil paintings on panel,” writes Allan Harkness, owner of the shop in Selkirk’s Market Place. “She’s on home territory, the Yarrow Valley, the Swire, St Mary’s Loch, places she has known since childhood.”
Massie, 34, who grew up at Thirladean, Philiphaugh, and now lives in Perthshire with her teacher husband and two children, depicts her Yarrow homeland with low autumn light picking out the valley.
“The landscape is a challenge because I’m so familiar with it,” she told The Wee Paper: “You know when you’ve captured the feel of it coming through the paint – and when you’ve missed it and have to try again.
“I’m very aware I’m following in the footsteps of William Johnstone and Tom Scott – they are inspiring figures.” Massie’s style is praised by Dr Harkness, who holds his Ph.D from Edinburgh University in art history, criticism, and literature. Before opening the Forest Bookstore more than five years ago, he also lectured in art theory at the Hull School of Art & Design.
“Form and contour rhythms are accentuated in the brushwork,” he said: “The fall and weight of light, in depicted skies, land and water, is pleasing. There’s the hint of Munch, yes – Munch meets cloisonné.”
The exhibition runs until Saturday, December 29. See www.claudiamassie.com for the artist’s work in Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and the Borders.
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