New paintings by
in the Art Gallery's
October 7 - 31
Caroline Simmill Landscape Artist
I am a professional full time artist. My work is about my emotional response to the atmospheric weather conditions here in the highlands and islands of Scotland. The moors and coastlines are places I tend to draw and paint the most. The whole experience of being in a very isolated location makes the drama of the subject all the more powerful and exciting to work from. Visual memory and drawing directly from the subject are all part of the creative process. The painting is later developed in the peaceful and rural location of my studio in Moray. I work in both an indirect oil painting style where the painting is gradually built up using layers of opaque and transparent oil paint. And direct impasto palette knife painting technique.
Study and Studio retreats
Early Art education. Life Study drawing, Fine Art diploma, Reigate School of Art.
May, October 2006, October 2008, Creative Retreat Gardenstown studio hire, landscape painting. Very inspiring location, studios are wonderful many over looking the sea.
2009-2010 Moray Arts Centre studio hire. Close to the sea drawing and painting seascapes in the area.
2009 – 2013 Drawing and advanced oil painting Study. Mentor Deborah Paris, Contemporary American Landscape Artist.
2014 Still Life Study exploring drawing surfaces creating matt and reflective surfaces. Tutor Randy Klinger Moray Art Centre.
2014 – 2015 Art Mentoring Program with Canadian Abstract Artist Janice Masson Steeves, 'exploring silence'.
2016 Logie Steading Long Room, joint exhibition of oil paintings. 'The River leads to the Sea'.
2019 Elgin Library joint exhibition. 'The Love of Quiet Places'.
2019 Larks Gallery Feature artist for November.
2020 Logie Steading Square Room November exhibition.
Constable has greatly inspired my work, his small cloud studies and the sketches and paintings of his home country are incredibly beautiful. Turner is also a favourite of mine for his luminous ethereal paintings. These artists walked out each day and captured the beauty of the landscape by making small oil studies on paper.
The exhibition 'The Love of Quiet Places' carries on from my 2016 exhibition at Logie Steading Long Room where I explored the Silence within the landscape. It appears most meaningful to me during atmospheric misty conditions.
I have been exhibiting in the Scottish highlands since 1997 at the Atholl Gallery Dunkeld, Milton Gallery Banchory, Peter Potter Gallery Haddington, Logie Steading Gallery, Touched by Scotland, Just Art Gallery, Boath House, Beauly Gallery.
My paintings are presently exhibited at Larks Gallery Ballater and Logie Steading Gallery Forres.