Catriona Taylor



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West Coast 2: Mixed Media on board. 60x60cm

Hallaig: Mixed Media on card. 30x42cm

Coastal Slate 1: Screenprint on recycled slate. 15 x15cm

Squally Showers: Mixed Media on board. 25 x25 cm

Moderate or Good: Mixed media on card. 30 x42 cm

Coastal Slate 2: Screenprint on recycled slate


Again, and again in my painting I am drawn to the sea; its power, its constant motion, its changing colours and surfaces, its significance to human history with the countless journeys taken across it. For me it is an integral aspect of Scottish landscape and holds so much of Scotland’s history both in livelihoods and emigration.
In 2012, I did an MA in Fine Art which marked a change in my work; the beginning of a move away from installation to concentrate on painting. I extracted the sea from my themes of history, memory and landscape, as a subject I wanted to explore through paint.

Sea painting is a tradition in Scottish art so it is a challenge to find a new way of expressing its nature and meaning.
I started to look at google earth imagery to find a different perspective, I now spend much time travelling round the Scottish coast and seas from this vantage point. Everything looks different from above.

In my painting, I try to capture the movement of the sea dynamically by pouring paint on the surface in an attempt to reproduce its liquid constitution and movement. I also apply paint in a vigorous way such as scraped on with pieces of card, cloth, rollers and pouring from cartons.
In contrast, I want to reflect the human tendency to make our relationships with the sea safer so I use fragments of maps and the words of the shipping forecast, to highlight the powerful force of the sea and our attempt to try and chart it and make it more navigable.


I went to Edinburgh College of Art as a mature student having previously worked in theatre and literature. Since then I have had several solo exhibitions, including: The Park Gallery, Falkirk, Amber Arts, Edinburgh; Stanza Poetry Festival in St Andrews; Tweeddale Museum Peebles; and have been part of a number of group exhibitions including: Cameron Contemporary Art in Brighton, the London and Bristol Affordable Art Fairs; the RSA annual exhibition; SSA and VAS at the RSA Galleries; Gracefield Arts Centre, Leith Gallery and Edinburgh Printmakers,

I have been Artist in Residence for the National Library of Scotland making work in response to the collections; with the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh University, funded by a Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award. The work from this residency was shown at the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament. I was also Artist in Residence with Craig &Rose, Dunfermline; funded by an Arts and Business Creativity at Work Award.

I am currently the Art Facilitator at Castle Craig Hospital for Addictions, Peebles.


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