Location The Velvet Easel Gallery
298 Portobello High Street
EH15 2AS Telephone 07835 813689 & 0131 629 1121 Opening Hours


Thurs – Sat 10 – 5

Sunday 12 – 5

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Artist - Karen Macwhinnie

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Painting has been part of my life now for many years. I developed this need to paint during a 3 year Arts/Therapy course which started 2008. I have been printing since 2015 and I am forever amazed and enthused by the process and the results.  I occasionally integrate painting and printing within my work as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor as I believe that art can be healing.  My interest and passion for art is something that I can’t ignore, can’t not pursue; it’s part of me.

I am drawn to water, whether it be random puddles or the enormity and complexity of the sea. Strong memories linger of times spent on visits and family holidays to Scottish shores, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cornwall. I love the textures and layers of materials, often drawn to rusts and patinas. A stone or a piece of weathered wood can form the basis of many pieces of work. In 2016, I created a series of prints and collages of stones and rocks for a Cornish exhibition called  “Place of stones” which have all found new homes.

The foundations and themes of the paintings and images I create connect to my childhood and my personal ongoing process of discovery and change. Ships, boats, kettles and cups are metaphors representing; journeys, uncertainty,transformation, vessels of holding, storage and containment. These elements are integral to my work – the therapeutic process and the therapeutic relationship.

My work is grounded and rooted in nature, but also contains elements and symbols of fantasy and the ethereal. I use acrylic and oil, cold wax, pastels, inks and rubber stamping/collage papers and textiles. I work on canvas, panels, boards and paper. I tend to work intuitively and paintings evolve often with many layers under the final, finished piece which feels “right”.

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.”

Abraham Maslow

Available Work

Dock - £1100 - 100cm by 100cm

By The Beach Huts - £425 - 45cm by 45cm

Ailsa - £450 - 61cm by 61cm

Home - £365

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