Frances Macdonald explores the wild coast in her latest solo exhibition The Road to the Isles at The Scottish Gallery this December.
Known for capturing the wild and dramatic characteristics of the coast, Macdonald’s paintings present an energetic exploration of the ever-changing essence of the ocean, deriving from her intimate understanding of the landscape around her.
Her method and emphasis with the palette knife creates a dynamic and animated environment, allowing her to capture the broken skies and raging seas in full force, with rocks transformed into cubist patterns and blocks of colours that highlight the contrasting textures. As well as the these harsh tempers, Macdonald also explores the softer side of nature in her depictions of summer blooms and the woods across Loch Crinan at Duntrune, encapsulating the different atmospheres in nature with texture and vibrancy to translate her experience.
Macdonald’s works have been exhibited regularly throughout Scotland and London, as well as internationally, and she has paintings in several private collections, including the Fleming Collection. After 25 years of painting professionally, her passion and dedication to the landscapes around her remain prominent in her works.
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