Meet the Artists - Part 1

Meet the Artists - Part 1

We're part way through our GATHER exhibition and over the next few weeks we'll be bringing you some interviews with the artists involved. First up we'd like to introduce you to Gill Knight and Rhona Morrison. Read on to find out about these two fabulous artists and their intriguing backgrounds.

Gill Knight

Gill Knight

Gill Knight
Gill Knight is an Edinburgh based artist who creates beautifully atmospheric works. We asked Gill some questions about her life as an artist.
Tell us a bit about your art. What do you enjoy painting, what materials and methods do you prefer? What inspires you?
G: The sea and the coast are my favourite subjects to paint. I prefer abstract to realistic as I find it very freeing and intuitive. Not knowing what is going to happen at the start makes it exciting and feel like a journey. I paint with brushes, palette knives and my hands, mainly in oils but often acrylic too mixing both with other materials. Sand and rust are my current favourites! I get inspiration from anything and everything! I do a lot of photography which I use for reference.

Have you always been an artist?
G: No. I applied to art college from school but didn't get in. I worked in hotels and catering instead and was a chef for 10 years before having my children.
Where do you create your art?
My living room mainly, despite having a dedicated room upstairs...the light is better downstairs.
Who is your favourite artist?
It's difficult to pinpoint just one but I do love Matthew Draper's work.
Do you listen to music while you work? Who is on your playlist?
I listen to music ALL the time especially when painting. My current playlist would include Damien Rice, Lana Del Rey, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Sia, Flaming Lips, Father John Misty, Rufus Wainwright, the Diving Comedy, King Creosote and First Aid Kit to name but a few!
Give us a random fun fact about yourself :)
My dog is called Elvis.

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RHONA MORRISON

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Rhona Morrison is a watercolour, ink and felt artist who seems to be able to turn her hand to any subject matter. Here we find out more about Rhona's processes and her fascinating background.

Tell us a bit about your art. What do you enjoy painting, what materials and methods do you prefer? What inspires you? I am predominantly a detailed watercolour artist , although I also utilise ink to create some more detailed images.

In addition, I also enjoy creating wet / needle felted pictures embellished with beads and embroidery. My favourite subject matter for my artwork includes trees, water, light, reflection and buildings.
Have you always been an artist?
I started out on my journey as an artist in 2018, following retirement at age 55 , although I did get an A for higher art many years before and had to decide between art school and studying medicine. Sadly my husband died the day I retired and I therefore found myself entering a new chapter in life. Prior to that I had worked in the NHS as a consultant forensic psychiatrist for more than 30 years.
Where do you create your art?
I built a studio in my garden and that is where I create my artwork
Who is your favourite artist?
I don’t really have a favourite artist or style of art which I prefer, but subject matter involving sky, light, shadow and reflection particularly appeals to me.
Do you listen to music while you work? Who is on your playlist?
I sometimes listen to music when painting . Currently George Ezra is on a loop.
Give us a random fact about yourself :)
I spent more than a life sentence at HMP Cornton Vale ... well, I was the visiting psychiatrist in the remand unit within the female prison, I didn’t actually serve a sentence there!

BLACKHOUSE, NORTH UIST BY RHONA MORRISON

BLACKHOUSE, NORTH UIST BY RHONA MORRISON

Both Gill and Rhona are currently showing original work as part of our GATHER Exhibition (until 31 August).

A selection of the original art we are currently showing is available on the gallery section of the website.

We also have prints and cards available of Rhona's work in the gallery and on the website in The Print Room.

Please get in touch if you would like any other information about Gill or Rhona's work and do pop in to see us in if you're in Queensferry.

We'll be back soon with the next installment in our Meet the Artist series! Sign up for our newsletter to get updates.
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Kirstin Heggie