About

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings.

For much of my life I’ve lived by or within sight of the sea, and the sea is probably my biggest inspiration. I was born on the South coast of England, and brought up in a coastguard cottage overlooking the Isle of Wight – but I’ve lived in North East Scotland for more than 20 years. Inspired by the spectacular Scottish landscape, I work mainly in my garden studio, on a hill with panoramic views of Findhorn Bay, the Moray Firth and beyond.

 

I’ve always painted, but I only came to really focus on my own painting in about 2010, after studying art history (in the 1970s) and spending many years writing books about other people’s art.

I enjoy experimenting with different ways of painting the same motif: the view from my garden, across the Firth to Tarbat Ness lighthouse and to the far North of Scotland; the vast expanses of sand and sea at Findhorn, Nairn and Lossiemouth. I love the amazing coastal landscape on my doorstep, and in my paintings I try to convey the experience of living here – the sensation of seaspray on a windswept beach, the magic of moonlight over still water, the muted mystery of the snow-covered landscape, the brooding atmosphere of slate-grey skies over a golden field. Other wild coasts – from the West of Scotland to Cornwall – have also been an inspiration.

When working in mixed media, I sometimes work quite slowly and meditatively, applying gold leaf, adding texture and scraps of text and musical notation, building up layers, adding glazes of acrylic paint and ink, scratching through and scraping back. At other times, especially when painting seascapes, I work more rapidly – flinging and flicking paint and ink, scribbling, scraping and making gestural, expressive marks.

I’ve become fascinated by the expressive capabilities of watercolour and have been experimenting both on paper and on gessoed board – incorporating texture, gold-leaf, metal powder and acrylic mediums.

If you would like to purchase a painting, do get in touch (see contact page). I welcome visitors to my studio by appointment and during NEOS (see below).

My work is in private collections throughout the UK and abroad, and has been shown at the following Scottish galleries and festivals:

Frames Gallery, Perth
Eden Court, Inverness
Findhorn Bay Arts Festival
Moray Art Centre, Findhorn (solo and mixed shows)
Elgin Gallery (solo and mixed shows)
Elgin Library (with Moray Arts Club mixed show)
An Talla Solais, Ullapool
Gallery 48, Cromarty
Golspie Gallery
Logie Steading Gallery
Logie Steading Long Room
Nairn Book and Arts Festival
QC Gallery, Nairn
Still-Life Gallery, Aberlour

Awards

George Spence Trophy 2016

Events in 2020

The situation with COVID meant that a planned exhibition had to be been postponed, and sadly I have withdrawn from the 2020 North East Open Studios.  But as restrictions eased, the lovely Andrew from Elgin Gallery suggested a post-lockdown exhibition, which is on from 20 August until the end of September. 

During lockdown, I started posting new paintings on Instagram @judeedgarartist. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in purchasing any painting you see on my website or on Instagram. I hope to take part in Artists Support Pledge – the brilliant concept initiated by Matthew Burrows, whereby artists post images of artwork for sale up to a max of £200, and when they have sold £1000 worth of work, they pledge to buy another artist’s work. A virtuous circle!