In this cliff top view from Moray coast, the sense of height and distance is captured by the contrast between the dense vegetation in the foreground to the white sliver of beach down below. The sand-hued cliffs provide a hint of warmth against the blue-green sea and the foreboding blue-grey sky. The artist has chosen to emphasise the colour of the sea and sky, while the varied monochrome marks describe the curve of the coast, the layers in the stone, the dark grass and the speckles of flowers.
Remote Northern landscapes form the inspiration for Walker's work and this piece features a typical soft, swooping contour with a view down and across the land. In addition to exploring Scotland, Frances has sought inspiration in places such as Iceland, Svalbard and recently Antarctica. While nature dominates in her work, she also likes to include traces of human activity in the landscape as a reminder of history and continuity.
Frances works in both painting and printmaking from sketches drawn on location. In printmaking she often combines different methods to include a variety of mark making.
The artist finds inspiration in the nature of the Scottish wilderness and aims to convey that wildness through her art. Inspiration also comes from the people of these untamed lands and their impact on the natural surroundings.
Frances Walker was born in Kirkcaldy in 1930 and trained at the Edinburgh College of Art. She now lives in Aberdeen and on Tiree, where she lives in one of the few remaining thatched cottages. Many of her drawings and studies are made in Tiree, with larger paintings and prints being produced in Aberdeen. Having painted many of the wildest parts of Scotland, Walker's works not only evoke this wildness but also bears witness to the people who have lived in Scotland and shaped the land with their labour.
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With thanks to the Rendezvous Gallery for artist information