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Barbara Mackie
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Scotland
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Barbara Mackie
The Crags, Edinburgh, ink wash and conte, 19 x 19cm

Whether simply looking or drawing spaces or landscape, Barbara Mackie uses these opportunities as a source for her work, in that each contributes to her visual memory, from both built and natural landscape. She wants to create something that is beyond the landscape but essentially borne of its character. Being amongst ancient woodland is of great interest to her, be it a single tree or the woodland itself. More than just the study of nature and beyond subject matter alone, ancient woodland provides her with true inspiration. In Canada’s British Columbia, she saw the magnificent ancient Cedar Forest where the trees are extremely large in girth to a great height and a beautifully warm russet in colour. In Alberta she was overwhelmed by the scale, variety and drama of the Rocky Mountains. Structures such as bridges by interlocking road and railways, and monumental structures like industrial buildings hold a fascination for her. Barbara was born in Penicuik, Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in the 1970s, winning a scholarship to Yale University Summer School, USA. She lives and works near Edinburgh and spent much of her life in Aberdeenshire and Lincolnshire. She has taught art in schools and colleges and managed art services for local government. She now concentrates solely on her art practice.

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