Flowers mean different things to different people .... to me they are the secret of the cosmos Winifred Nicholson
I paint flower 'portraits' much as a portrait artist will paint heads and figures, and through them feel I express something fundamental about life and living. Translated into paintings the flowers become uber-flowers near perfect and sometimes to monumental scale.
I paint all kinds of flowers; formal cultivated varieties with great poise and drama like dahlias,flouncing peonii and lilies, other worldly Amaryllis. I also paint wild flowers, their extravagant abundance, from the majestic Foxglove to the tiny forget-me-not holds beauty, humility and strength. I hugely enjoy translating their images into my own style of painting, monumentalising them and celebrating the wonder of them. I am currently completing a man-size foxglove painting for a commission. For years now I have had an ongoing daisy painting project and express my admiration for them through paintings of daisy chains, grids, lines, hearts etc., recently the buttercup has worked its way into some of these compositions.
I have also now begun a project with the working tile of ‘Carnal’. This is an exploration of the darker side of plant life, carnivorous plants. They are very strange and very beautiful, and I enjoy their metaphorical potential. This is with the kind collaboration of Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh who have an excellent collection of carnivorous plants and allowed me behind the scenes to study them.
I work predominantly in oils on canvas. I work from my unusual studio rooms on Platform 2 of Ladybank Railway Station in the rural Howe of Fife. The station is still functioning on the Edinburgh-Dundee, and Edinburgh-Perth lines, and passengers on the stopping trains can view my paintings hanging in the windows. An A-listed Victorian building , it has provided a wonderful studio from where I paint, run workshops and hold occasional exhibitions and events.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1992 - Art and Art History, Goldsmiths College, London
2009 - Invited Artist, Perthshire Arts Association, Perth Museum and Gallery, Perth
2009 - Kirsty Lorenz, launch of Station Studio, Artist Studio, Platform 2, Ladybank Railway Station, Ladybank, Fife
2008 - Really Wild Flowers, Donald Watson Gallery, East Lothian
2008 - Worship - New Flower Paintings, Art at the Airport, Edinburgh
2007 - Pushing Up Daisies II, Cairns Gallery, Peebles, Scotland
2006 - Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven, Scotland
2006 - Pushing Up Daisies, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 - Botanica, Gallery 13, Los Angeles
2009 - Prima Vera, Touchie Gallery and Studio, Dalqueiche
2009 - Spring Exhibition, Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
2009 - Two person exhibition with painter Susie Johnstone, Perthshire Open Studios, Touchie Gallery and Studios, Dalquiech
2007 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2007 - Gateshead Art Fair, Gateshead, Newcastle
2006 - Stenton Gallery, Stenton, Scotland
2005 - Affordable Art Fair, London
2008 - Really Wild Flowers, Perjink Press, Book with poet Giles Connisbee
2006 - Chinese Peonies, Hope Scott Trust Award, Constance, Germany