Spring Sea, Soaring, St.Abb's

Susan Harvey (Gallery Attendant)

Oil on canvas

This painting was developed in the studio from sketchbook work made on location at St Abbs Head Nature Reserve in East Lothian. I have combined loose impressionistic marks and free-flowing veils of paint with areas of detail in the cliff-nesting birds, to give some sense of how my eye moves around the scene in front of me – following the paths of the birds' flight, the feel of the sky and the brisk sea breeze. The concept of 'threshold' has long been a pre-occupation in my work and I often visualise the fragility and transience of life through water, plant and bird imagery.