On the Way to Cruden Bay
By Frances Walker

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Year
2016
Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
Landscape
Reg. Number
P1662
Size
51 x 121 cm

On the Way to Cruden Bay is a lovely depiction of the Cruden beach in Aberdeenshire. The quality of pastel colours and shapes form a harmonious perspective of looking at the bay from a distance. The artist communicates the experience of being and seeing the bay as if we've been there.
''The image is based on the memory of a walk made many years ago in company of a group of artist friends'' Frances Walker.

Frances Walker, now in her 80's was in 2014 awarded the Churchill Award for Art alongside Dame Judi Dench for drama and Michael Morpugo for literature.

Frances Walker studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then took up a post as visiting teacher of art for the Hebrides. This experience engendered in her a life-long love of wild and desolate places and since then she has chosen to depict the most remote landscapes, her compositions usually based on coastal reaches, craggy rocks and deserted beaches.

Moving to Aberdeen, Walker took up a post at Gray's School of Artwhere she taught for many years. After retirement she has since divided her time between Aberdeen and the Western Isles, especially Tiree, where she owns a thatched cottage, but more recently has also travelled further afield - her latest inspiration being the even wilder and more desolate landscape of Iceland .

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