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

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-5

Sunday 11-5


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Artist - Nicky Sanderson

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As a visual artist I endeavour to discern and convey the beauty within my chosen subject.

I look for what lies beneath, for example, the layers of geology, the interaction of time, nature, and humans in a landscape or place. Mine is a search for both the essence and substance of a subject, approaching places through maps or photos, reading poems or prose related to the theme, and from studying how other artists have approached similar challenges. My ideas can materialise in many ways, through simple graphite line to mixed media, and from close observational drawing to total abstraction. My intention is to awake interest and engagement in the observer,  to lead them to see something unnoticed before, to feel enriched by the experience.

Recent and ongoing points of focus include the Islands of the Firth of Forth and the layers of landscape on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, the Calanais Stones and the peat cuttings that surround them. Human intervention on the land and water, from the past or present, has long intrigued me alongside the natural patterns occurring in sand, rock and water.

My working process involves the consideration of all possible explorations of my theme, before discerning the way to embody it in my work. This can be through any combination of paint, collage or print, always governed by a strong feeling for colour and the substance of my materials.

My continuing inspiration is sustained by many summers of working as an official ‘Blue Badge’ Scottish Tourist Guide. This has meant acquiring an in depth knowledge of my country in order to interpret verbally for travellers, and visually within my art practice.

Available Work

Squall Over Inchkeith - £325 - 38cm by 42cm

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