ART HOUSES + CAFES
OPEN: 4-12 SEPTEMBER
Miro's Pantry, 215 Portobello High Street
A regular swimmer in Portobello’s waters, Louise exhibits a
collection of paintings drawing upon our seas and oceans. From sparkles on the surface to
microscopic life forms below; fragile treasures in nature.
"I am a painter working in oils, often on a small scale. Moving to Edinburgh after a decade in London and living by the sea - in Portobello then later in East Lothian - I felt an instant benefit from this proximity to wild, open space. I was immediately compelled to paint the colours in the sky and the movement in the water. Next, it was a fascination with the strange lifeforms below the surface. Most of my work emerges from a desire to do something particular with paint; with beautiful colours, light, intricate mark making and layers. With these tools, I am in pursuit of that sense of wonder or inner calm experienced when encountering phenomena in our endangered environment and the fragile treasures in nature which seem to be nothing short of magical. I now regularly swim in the sea at Portobello and find that it can be even more beautiful and transformative from within.
I enjoy exploring that which is beyond my understanding, or vocabulary, and sometimes even beyond what I can truly see, such as the microscopic or the colours in sunlight. I try to embrace ambiguity and flights of fancy whenever they arise. Often, though, something as simple as a jellyfish is plenty fanciful as it is.