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EH15 2AS Telephone 07835 813689 & 0131 629 1121 Opening Hours

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-5

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Artist - Gillian Westland

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I am an Artist working outside Edinburgh in a town called Penicuik at the foot of the Pentland Hills.

I studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Specialising in Sculpture and Conceptual art. My work was heavily focused on the marks we leave in time and centred mainly on the human experience, however from as far back as I can remember I have always been fascinated with Animals and nature. I discovered my need to create at a young age while exploring animals in my drawings and paintings. Now my need to create is driven by my interests in animals and nature and how our marks in time directly effect the natural world. At a time when we need to address our actions as a species, the work I am making is more and more relevant to that cause.

I search for a message in the eyes of the animals and birds that I paint. I see them as little messengers asking us questions about ourselves and our connections with nature. My conceptual background requires me to look for more that just a physical representation. I want to capture the essence of the animals and birds I paint. I am fascinated by the myth and legends surrounding birds especially and how we see our own human experience represented by the behaviours and aesthetics of wildlife. A reminder to us perhaps of how we could live more simply as the wild creatures do.

My work has been exhibited in various galleries in Scotland, which was catapulted by the success of the painting above ‘Watchmen’, where I was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2019 David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year. My work can also be found in various private collections across Britain and Europe as I have been working to commission for many years. While working as an Artist I also work as an Art Tutor and run various art groups and demonstrations across Midlothian. Animals and Art are two of my great loves, two things that must go together and will remain ultimately entwined.

Available Work

Loved - £250 - 34cm by 34cm - Sold

Glare of Joy - £350 - 37cm by 46cm

Eternal Bloom - £290 - 31cm by 38cm

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