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Blythe Scott


'Originally from Scotland, I now live in sunny Victoria BC Canada. Since graduating in the early 90's from both Glasgow School of Art and Strathclyde University, I have been working as a professional mixed media artist.

My work is about place. I am curious about places I have never been and nostalgic about those I know well. The dynamism, the movement and the sensations of a place are what I wish to convey and so my pieces are emotional responses to subject matter rather than literal interpretations. A personal connection to a place is what informs the energy of my line, the elimination or emphasis of detail and the subjective colour that I use.

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Rarely content to use only one medium, I have always enjoyed the inventive process of mixing materials. Just as a linguist may blend words from different languages to best expressive himself, a mixed media artist hopes to make a stronger and richer statement by mixing materials and techniques. It is important to me to have a strong technical understanding but it is equally important to me to challenge convention.

Blythe Scott on Folt Bolt

Colour and surface qualities that interact with light add life to a 2D surface. However, it is ultimately drawing that is my anchor for expression and communication. For me, conviction of line and a wide repertoire of mark-making add more emotional content to my pieces than any other visual element. Each journey and each painting informs the next. I see painting as an endless debate and development of ideas. Therefore, even although I work in themed collections, I will often go full circle and revisit subject matter. When I do this though, I am bringing my changed self to an older context to produce something new.

Blythe Scott on Folt Bolt
Blythe Scott on Folt Bolt

Blythe Scott on Folt Bolt

Blythe Scott on Folt Bolt

Blythe Scott on Folt Bolt

Blythe Scott on Folt Bolt

Above all, I would like to present places in an an optimistic light, convey joy and share my experience of finding beauty in the world.'

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