||After graduating in Fine
Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2000, Grace
worked mainly in layers of printmaking, but this year
she began painting in acrylic. Grace has worked on many
community projects working with children and spent three
years as an Art Tutor at Dundee College, until recently
where she now paints full-time. Inspired by the colours,
textures, patterns and atmosphere of Scotland’s
beautiful land, much of the recent work has focused on
the west coast and places such as Orkney, Skye and Glencoe.
Grace loves to build up the layers of colours and textures
indicative of Scotland’s land. Her aim is to bring
the viewer closer to the land and remind them of just
how lucky we are to have this beautiful, ancient, ever
changing and sometimes fragile place called Scotland.
In 1998 she was awarded the John C. Low Scholarship and
was commissioned in 2000 by Angus College.
"I paint flat using palette knives, hake brushes
and at times, just my fingers. I try to bring energy and
movement into the work, and by building up layers of paint
that sometimes makes for a textural surface, and then
the magic begins and the painting starts to emerge, and
sometimes it is like the painting has almost painted itself."