Wild Shores

Chris Bushe RSW, is a Scottish land and seascape painter, whose evocative oil paintings of the Hebridean Isles, the West Coast and Aberdeenshire capture the essenceof the locations to which he is most drawn. Entitled ‘Wild Shores’, his current exhibition is at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

The works are both dramatic and evocative. Chris captures the atmosphere of sea, sky, horizon and where they meet so powerfully, you feel you are there, with the wind in your hair and the sea spray in your face. Born in Perthshire in 1958 Chris grew up in Tornaveen in Aberdeenshire. He studied painting and drawing at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1980 to 1984. Prior to this he studied at the University of Edinburgh reading Ancient History. After graduating he worked for town planners and landscape architects in Edinburgh where he lives and works.

Bushe3Now a full-time artist, since 1996, Chris has exhibited regularly in Edinburgh and London. Such is the high standard of his work he is in great demand and his paintings are held world-wide in public and private collections. I met Chris Bushe at the Gallery’s Private View and found him charming and modest. Of his time at Art college he told me he, and his fellow students were helped enormously by learning from each other as well as from their distinguished tutors, including Sandy Fraser and Joyce Cairns.

We spoke about the different mediums in which he works including acrylic and oil, the latter, to me, produces the most powerful effect. Chris’s own view is sometimes a mixture of both gives a ‘richness’ to his paintings. Most of the pictures are large scale, which adds to the feeling of ‘literally being there’.

Bushe1This is an exhibition worth seeing, which runs until 25 July.

Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, Telephone 0131 557 1020,

Opening times – Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm


About Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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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