This painting utilises a multi-layered approach to depict an abstract landscape. The deep purple in the background ties the whole piece together, while Scott applies white paint and pigment to add depth and texture to the artwork.
Scott works as an interdisciplinary artist: her practice involves time-based media, photography, drawing and painting. In this piece Scott has used several different types of medium to create deep textures, such as sponging paint on to the paper and then applying pigment.
This piece was inspired by Scott's time in Alaska. She states that ' "Orca" was made after an encounter with six killer whales. They emerged out of the mist whilst I was kayaking down Glacier Bay in S.E Alaska. A truly wonderful moment."
Born in 1959, Moira Scott studied at Glasgow School of Art and received a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting, followed by a postgraduate award in 1982. In the same year, she received The Scottish Education Department Major Travel Award.
Her awards include The Patrick Allan of Fraser Trust Scholarship, The John Kinross Travel Award to Florence, an SED award to Sienna, The Carnegie Publishing Award, the Grundtvig Award, British Council Award, and an Angus Arts Award. She was the first woman to receIve the Alistair Salvesen Trust travel award in 1989, which she used to travel to Alaska
Her work features in many private and public collections including the School of Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal Scottish Academy, and Art in Healthcare. Scott’s most recent appointment in 2013 is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cornish College of the Arts. She has lectured in art colleges across the United States and Britain, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Maryland, and Maryland Institute College of Art.
With thanks to The Cornish College of the Arts for information about this artist.