About the Artist
Lorna is a landscape inspired painter based in Dumgoyne. It is this location, alongside her emotional connection with the environment that drives her work.
Being outdoors is essential to Lorna’s process and she uses her sketchbook to record observations of the landscape, lochs, and coastlines that she experience. Lorna repeatedly draws and paints the same scene, looking to capture how the different elements: trees, water, and sky, alter depending on time, her mood, perspective, or the ever shifting weather. It is this repetition that gradually reveals a hidden structure to a landscape that we might not see on initial observation. There is a growing preoccupation with how the countryside has been shaped and the form this takes. The further Lorna explores this subject the more she appreciates how the experience of living in a rural setting during childhood, then in a city, and back to the countryside has exacted a strong influence on her practice.
The fluidity of the paint and ink used build a sense of chance and allow a freer interpretation of a landscape to evolve. This mirrors the aim of capturing an often fleeting visceral response to the natural world. As the painting progresses the sketchbook is no longer referenced and the memory of the place and feeling it evoked is of the most value. Lorna is drawn to the cool tones of the countryside but vibrant shots of colour add further energy and a sense of the impact and contrast of a human presence.