'Time to Heal' is an oil painting split between two large canvasses. The viewer needs to stand well back in order to see it in its entirety. The painting is of a beautiful and complicated sky. There is nothing but sky in the painting and while there are calm shades of white, grey and blue around the outside of the canvas we are forced to look into the dark heart of a storm. The painting's title suggests that the storm has already occurred and that we are looking at the calm after the storm. This work is influenced by the artist's experience of a visit to the Western Isles.
"I have always been drawn to landscape, it's spirit and the atmosphere it can create. A few years ago I stayed for a few months in the Western Isles. The landscape there, it's colours and moods, had a great impact on me. I have used this impact, and the memories which it evokes, over the last year as a fuel for my work. My work is an expression of a period of healing from, and out of, depression." - Artist Statement.
Ann McPhail was born in 1969 and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee between 1990 and 1995. She also taught at the college part-time from 1992 until she graduated and took art therapy classes at Anton House Day Centre in Dundee. She exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy student exhibition and the Duncan of Jordanstone Degree show in 1995 and received the Ian Eadie Award in the same year. Her work has been featured in both public and private collections.