Nature is not static. There is always movement and wonder, especially on Coubal, an exposed hillside in Shetland where Gail Harvey (b 1954) has lived and worked for over twenty-five years. Harvey’s paintings respond directly to ever changing, elemental forces of nature that draw the eye to a distant point on the horizon or into the eye of a storm.
“I'd like my paintings to have enough presence and stillness to hold the viewer, as Coubal holds me, but for the play of paint to encourage movement of thought across, through and beyond the painting surface.”
Gail Harvey was born in Glasgow and studied at the Glasgow School of Art before moving to Shetland in 1988.