Earlier today (Tuesday 7th July 2015) Am Pàipear caught up with this year’s Artist in Residence at Ceòlas, Sharon MacPherson from Berneray…
Q: How are you getting on as Ceòlas Artist in Residence for this year?
A: “It’s going well so far. I arrived on Sunday and I an now settled in. Yesterday (Monday) I set up my artwork and so far I have had a very good response with the pieces I’ve brought with me, which is lovely.
“My main reason for being here is actually to capture what Ceòlas is all about and to take, not only my own response, but also other people’s, and produce work as a response to being here.
“Maybe in a month or so I will produce a piece of art, which I’ll present to the Ceòlas team, reflecting on my time here.”
Q: Are you getting a sense already of what that piece may be like, or is it too early to say?
A: “I think it is too early to say what that will be like. There is definitely a fantastic atmosphere, but I’ll maybe answer that question a bit later in the week.”
Q: Have you always been interested in art?
A: “Yes, since I was a child. In all honesty, it was comic books that really started my interest, the illustrations in both comics and books. I really enjoyed trying to copy all of the different characters and would work for hours and hours until I got it just right.
“From a very early age, I was much more keen on illustration, so I began with drawing.
“I did the NC course at Taigh Chearsabhagh after I finished school, and I went on to do a year at Grey’s Schools of Art.
“My career path changed after that, and I actually diverted into health sciences. So my artwork took a backbench during those years and really it was only last year, when I moved back to Berneray, that I found my love for art again. I have spent a whole year reconnecting with different mediums, which I am still doing, still experimenting.
“As you can see, there is a variety of work here. I haven’t quite yet decided on which medium I prefer and I take my inspiration from all my surroundings, especially wildlife.
“Here, I’ve got drawings, watercolours, and also some oils. I haven’t tried using acrylics yet, but what you are seeing there is a wide mix. I think I am starting to prefer watercolours. I’m trying to become more vibrant with colours and develop a looser approach, but I do tend to revert back to my tighter drawing skills and I hope to maybe develop them more.”
See some of Sharon’s work, currently on display in Daliburgh School, at her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sharonmacphersonart?fref=ts