Carolyn Burchell was born in Edinburgh in 1961 and studied at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1979 to 1984, where she won the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence. She has since worked with Artlink and on various mural and painting commissions. In 1987, she began teaching art as an Adult Education Tutor in Lothian schools. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows around the UK, particularly Scotland. She was a member of the Collective Gallery Committee between 1987 and 1991, and her work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and across Scotland. Though her artwork is informed by the external environment, it is also deeply introspective and examines the personal and symbolic significance of landscape features and what they represent to the artist and the viewer.
Burchell is interested in the therapeutic aspect of painting and drawing and in how metaphor and symbolism operate in the works of particular artists. In this work she was keen to explore the sense of stillness or tranquility captured in a moment where weather and light can change in an instant.
“I am a painter whose work focuses upon landscape; the enclosure of urban park or garden and the exterior and interior nature of the forest, as well as the dream-like aspect of sea and coast. I am motivated by the need to express the moment as well as a sense of timelessness, and a human presence within the landscape.”
Art in Healthcare's blog entry about Carolyn Burchell