Location The Velvet Easel Gallery
298 Portobello High Street
EH15 2AS Telephone 07835 813689 & 0131 6291121 Opening Hours


Thurs – Sat 10 – 5

Sunday 12 – 5


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Artist - Gillian Westland

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I am an Artist working outside Edinburgh. 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. 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. Recently my work has been focused on Birds. Their ability to view our world from a completely different perspective is both intriguing and inspiring. Perhaps they see something which we cannot. Its this apparent wisdom that I search for in my work, while the simple act of looking and observing what surrounds us in nature reminds us of how delicate our world is.

I was recently a finalist at the ‘David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year 2019’ exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. An amazing opportunity to directly contribute to the conservation fight. This experience has cemented my desire to create art that can bring us back to nature and let those silent voices of the wild be heard.

Available Work

Watchmen - £550 - 79cm by 61cm - Sold

Wise Words - £250 - 47cm by 41cm - Sold

Peace Keeper - £350 - Sold

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