Homeland and Childhood Inspirations

Two very different artists are featured in the new Exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh. They are Catherine Davison RSW with her theme ‘Homeland’ featuring bold landscapes, and Brent Millar whose work demonstrates his  journey from childhood to where he is now – a professional artist of many years standing

I had an opportunity to talk with both artists at the launch. Catherine has been in Edinburgh for the last eight years. She trained firstly at the John Moore College in Liverpool followed by Buckinghamshire Chilterns College of Art. She was the winner of the Lynn-Painter-Stainers prize in 2014. Catherine has a very strong style of painting which produces dramatic and sometimes dark pictures of  Edinburgh’s dramatic views.  ‘Observations’ (the view from Blackford Hill, pictured above) is one of her own favourites; painted in the medium of oil on board and in keeping with her overall title ‘Homeland’.

Best in ShowBrent Millar studied at Edinburgh College of Art under the late Sir Robin Philpson, as well as Elizabeth Blackadder and David Meikie; Denis Peploe was his still life tutor.  Brent’s artistic inspirations go back to his days as a child. He is very keen to emphasise these early experiences in his personal favourite in this Exhibition: ‘Best in Show’.  Produced in oil on canvas, it depicts a row of brightly coloured small birds in cages. It began, he says, with a memory of a canary which sang and represents singing in the painting. The goldfinch represents the soul.  Movingly he has dedicated this bird to the memory of a very dear friend, Elaine, who died recently.

Brent quotes writer Ben Okri’s words: ‘Creativity is a form of prayer and the expression of profound gratitude for being alive!’  A very powerful message.

The current Exhibition runs until Wednesday 3rd June and I heartily recommend a visit.

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http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Christine.jpg Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.

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