The Torrannce Gallery in Edinburgh’s Dundas Street is currently showing vibrant pictures from Isle of Lewis artist, Vega. I met her with her partner and manager, Trevor St Clair, at the opening. She told me Vega was the name she chose for herself and by which she is officially known! It was a reflection of and a mark of respect for the boat which carried her for 100 miles to safety. She always wanted to be an artist and after four years hard study, both practical and theoretical at Leeds University she gained a BA(Hons) degree in fine art.
Later she travelled, painted and taught all over Africa and Europe producing paintings which sold well. The 90s saw a move to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides where she still lives and paints. The vivid images on view at the Torrance reflect the island, the winds and the sea, calm beaches as well as stormy skies and boats. In this exhibition you can almost feel the wind in your hair and I was struck by the contrast of tranquil beaches and stormy seas, clinging on so as not to fall into the water. Anyone fortunate enough to acquire one of these reasonably priced pictures will have their homes brightened!
The exhibition, which runs to 23 July is well worth a visit and you will come away invigorated and renewed by this display from an artist who, I am certain has not yet finished developing her style nor ended her travels.
The Torrance Gallery is at 36 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6JN, Telephone 0131 556 6366, Email is email@example.com. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm