This collection of canvases was completed at the end of 2014, inspired by my first artist residence, completed in March 2014. The residence was completed at the Booth in Scalloway, on the west coast of the Shetland. The Booth is operated by WASPs studios & owned by the Shetland Arts Council.
The collection premiered at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery in January 2015
Lodberry Acrylic on canvas 30x40 inches January 2015 This depicts a Lodberry in Lerwick harbour. Lodberries were constructed later 18th century and early 19th century. Lodberries were houses and warehouses sitting on their own piers so that goods could be loaded and unloaded directly from the boats.
Apple time Acrylic on canvas 30x40 inches April 2014 This depicts a Shetland pony, and once again mugging for an apple. Shetland ponies were first used for pulling carts, carrying peat, coal and other items, and ploughing farm land. Ponies are everywhere in the Shetlands, second only to sheep. Unlike the sheep, they always like to come over & say hello, just in case you have an apple, or the like.
Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Acrylic 18x24 inches January 2015 This one depicts Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, perched atop the cliff of Sumburgh Head, on the southern tip of Shetland. The Lighthouse dates from 1821, and was designed by Robert Stevenson, one of many generations of Stevensons to design lighthouses, and grandfather to author Robert Louis, of "Treasure Island" fame.
Stenness Acrylic on canvas 40x30 inches Jeff Wilson August 2014 This depicts a croft house and what may be a sixareen fishing boat. Stenness was an important haaf (deep-sea) fishing station in the 18th and 19th century, with up to 40 boats operating from here in the summer.
Scalloway Nocturne Acrylic on canvas 30x40 inches July 2014 I was struck by the colours and geometry of the village after dark. Maybe as there is little to no ambient light pollution aside from the street lights themselves. This is a typical nocturnal scene of a 19th Century house along the Main Street in Scalloway. It looks deceptively still, without any evidence of the eve r-present 50km wind
New Street, Scalloway Acrylic on canvas 12x36 inches December 2014 This piece depicts a terrace of Victorian houses facing the ocean on New Street in Scalloway, Shetland. The Booth art residence is immediately in front and below these houses. I liked the different colours at sunset. Very evocative of the Shetlands.
Moo Stack and the Wave Acrylic on canvas 36x72 inches June 2014 The Eshaness cliffs form the western edge of Northmavine, part of the Shetland mainland. I have never seen waves like these before, and the challenge has been to capture the force and power of nature exhibited here. The other aspect here is that the sea has an unusually light colour, often a light emerald green.
Law Lane Acrylic on canvas 40x30 inches April 2014 Downtown Lerwick exhibits Viking land-holding divisions, resulting in long thin lots running uphill from the coast, separated a series of alleyways (closes) that climb steeply away from the waterfront. Good for your heart, less so for the knees.
Clouds over West Linga Acrylic on canvas 40x30 inches July 2014 It is generally pretty still in Vancouver, and there are not so many in the summer, so when I look at this piece, it is hard believe that I took this photo only a few months ago in Shetland. I observed these massive cloud columns from the Whalsay ferry and still find the combination of basal rain surrounding sun compelling.