Artist’s observations of power of the sea

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THE work of award-winning Scottish artist Ann Wegmuller RSW is currently being exhibited at The Meffan in Forfar.

Ann’s work is an abstraction or distillation of her observations of the land, particularly around the sea edge.

For this exhibition, entitled Saints from the Sea which runs until September 3, she has focused on the history of a place and the place names which are so evocative.

Born in Gourock, she lived in Zurich, Switzerland for ten years and is now based in Aberuthven, Perthshire.

She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 1985. Ann is an elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, RSW, an associate member of the Royal Watercolour Society, a member of the Aberdeen Artists Association and an elected full member of the Royal Watercolour Society. She has exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute, Aberdeen Artists Society, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour, London as well as numerous solo exhibitions and various mixed exhibitions.

Her work can be found in various corporate and private collections worldwide.

Commenting on her exhibition Ann said: “For many years I have been interested in the shore-line of Scotland, the rocks, pools and the detritus of human activity, bits of boats, nets etc. Around the coasts and bays of western Scotland, in particular, I realised that some of these places that I visited had a name, a saint’s name. Kilchoman. Kilchiaran, Kilchattan and Kilcreggan were all the places were saints had landed and made there kil or cell.

“This subject has moved my imagery to a different aspect of the shore line. Not what the sea does to objects on its shores but what the sea brings with it and what is left, sometimes only a name.

“In this exhibition I have tried to bring some visual imagery of my thoughts on this vast subject.”