Mary Goulden

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My inspiration is the landscape of the Borders, West Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Working with the soft pastel, and recently with alcohol ink and lightfast coloured pencils.
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I have had a love of art since my school days in Yorkshire and a passion for the remote beauty of the Scottish hills and coastline since moving to the Scottish Borders over 40 years ago. Many happy hours among the Borders hills and on Skye have fed my imagination. I rekindled my love of painting in earnest in 2003 in retirement from my career as a Nurse. I am entirely self-taught, the development of my skills being driven by a determination to do justice to our beautiful landscape. I have been fortunate to have my work exhibited in many galleries, often as a featured artist, with buyers both in the UK and overseas.

I have predominantly worked in soft pastel in both traditional and contemporary styles. I continue to do so but I am constantly looking to push the limits of my imagination and my skills. In recent years I have discovered the challenge and diversity of alcohol inks and most recently the intensity of detail achievable with the newly available lightfast coloured pencils. During the long months of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, I have continued to develop my skills with this medium, which is particularly suited to animal portraiture. The occasional commissioned pastel landscape has nevertheless graced my studio, so I haven't given up on my first love yet!


 

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