We have two artists exhibiting this year, Anke Addy and Douglas Roulston
Anke describes her life and work in her own words. Born in the lowlands of the Netherlands, the mountainous north east of Scotland has been my home for over 30 years. During this time I have walked, cycled and skied through this wonderful landscape. Photography was a natural progression from my experiences of the hills and its wildlife. After attending Aberdeen College to gain more knowledge about the subject I became a freelance photographer in 2000. I have had successful entries in The British Wildlife Photography Awards and The Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
Nan Shepherd’s nature writing in ‘The Living Mountain’ resonated with my own observations and during 2017 I revisited many glens and mountains to capture the rich imagery of the book. Ultimately this absorbing photographic project ‘The Living Cairngorms’ has become a touring exhibition. Alongside a high quality, hard backed coffee table type book with over 150 images in full colour has been published, which is available for sale for £25, at the Dundee Festival.
Born in 1984, Douglas gained a BA (Hons) followed by a Master of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2008, where he studied the work of 19th Century Romantic artists who first portrayed the picturesque scenery of areas like Glencoe and Loch Katrine. He is inspired by Scottish highland myths and legends and portrays them using oils, acrylics and charcoal, capturing the intensity and majesty of the landscape and frequently uses imaginary techniques. This is achieved by highlighting, over exaggerating rock faces and creating piercing light rays through breaking clouds, reflection and focusing on the tranquillity of distant springs and lochs. Mankind or human creations rarely feature in his work as it is the awe of nature, and the spirit of the sublime that he loves to explore.
In 2013, Douglas gained a PDGE in Art and Design and is now an Art and Design teacher in the East of Scotland. His recent works concentrate on the use of vivid colours to represent the vibrant diversity of the Scottish landscape while focusing on the changing weather of Scotland, creating turbulent skies and wild waters.