Process leads to product

One of Sheila MacFarlane's exhibits at the Bank Street Gallery, Kirriemuir.

One of Sheila MacFarlane's exhibits at the Bank Street Gallery, Kirriemuir.

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The latest exhibition at the Bank Street Gallery in Kirriemuir features the work of Mearns-based artist Sheila MacFarlane.

Although she grew up in Fife and went on to study in Edinburgh and Paris, Sheila has lived much of her life in the Mearns.

Her diverse oeuvre is steeped in the area’s history, geology, flora, fauna and folklore.

Renowned for her ‘Finella’ prints, she is a passionate, hands-on printmaker. The influence of her time at Atelier 17, in Paris, still scents her creative approach to how she works. She has an uncanny knack of allowing process to lead to product.

Finella is a perfect example; a 10th century warrior queen (some would say a witch) who held sway with her husband, the Maermar of the Mearns, from Fettercairn down to The Den of Finella by the sea.

The prints reflect MacFarlane’s intense research. She is meticulous in her learning and that approach is matched in her technique. The finest detail is addressed and scale is never an impediment. The exhibition runs until Friday, May 1. Contact the gallery on 01575 570070 for opening hours.