Bio

I live in rural Aberdeenshire, in the north east of Scotland. I grew up in Pembrokeshire, Wales, but has also lived in various parts of teh UK and Europe. From the age of five I knew that I wanted to study the natural world and this led me to a degree in ecology and a scientific career studying wildlife and landscape at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and at the University of Aberdeen.

Throughout this time, I never lost my passion for art I worked worked with artists on several projects exploring the boundaries between the disciplines. Eventually the urge to paint became too powerful to suppress. I retired in 2019 and have been painting ever since. In 2020, I was forunate to do the Portfolio Course at Bridge House Art in Ullapool, Scotland. Since then I have been spending my time painting in the landscape or in the studio.

I have had work exhibited in: AntallaSolais – Ullapool, Heinzel Gallery – Aberdeen, Resipole Studios – Acharacle and Tolquhon Gallery – Ellon.

Mostly, I work in watercolour because I love its luminosity, its immediacy and its unpredictability, but I also work with ink, charcoal, pastels, acrylics and oils and whatever else I can get my hands on. I rely extensively on my experiences working, walking, getting cold and wet in a variety of landscapes. My work builds on direct observation in the field, but I also draw heavily on memories, feelings and an emotional response to the natural world. Emotion is at the heart of my paintings.

 

 

Stephen M Redpath