Shirley Kirkcaldy

A sense of place dominates my work both consciously and unconsciously, in particular the ancient landscape of Dartmoor, where I live, and the Devon and Cornish coastlines that I am drawn back to time and again.

Worked in oil or mixed media, paintings are a direct response to these familiar locations which, although descriptive, are not documentary. More concerned with mark-making, colour and layers of texture, what lies underneath becomes as important as what can be seen on the surface, much like the landscape itself. Once begun, paintings often determine their own direction and their own conclusion, with final images remaining open to viewer interpretation.

An Elected Academician with the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Art I live and work on Dartmoor and have a studio at Buckland Abbey [National Trust] near Yelverton PL206EY. Works are held in galleries and private collections in the UK and internationally.

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