Agnes Sutherland - Fine Art and Silk Painting
I have always had an interest in arts and craft since I can remember. During my teaching career I used art and craft work to help children better develop their understanding and learning in all subject areas.
Once retired, I further extended my skills by completing accredited courses in watercolour and acrylic painting at Strathclyde University's Lifelong Learning Art Classes.
Taking up professional courses in Silk Painting opened up the exciting potential of working in this medium, with its range of rich colours which give a sense of movement and immediate impact. Silk painting also offered inspiration to reproduce innovative interpretations of the beautiful designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Klimt and Tiffany.
Attendance at professional Batik Workshops has further demonstrated the creative possibilities offered by working with wax. Batik helps deliver a 'looseness' of style which enriches the dynamic interaction of colours. The real fascination of batik comes when the wax is finally removed and gives satisfaction from seeing the culmination of this multi-stage process.
My preference is working on silk with steam-fixed dyes which generate a range of vibrant colours.
Developing and experimenting with new techniques and materials continually opens up new opportunities to exploit their visual potential.
I am a member of Silk Painters International together with The Guild of Silk Painters, The Batik Guild, The Glasgow Society of Women Artists and also Bearsden and Milngavie Art Clubs who have exhibited my artwork. Other areas of silk painting and creative artwork are currently on display at Mugdock Makkers Gallery.
I enjoy organising 'taster sessions' for silk painting for all age groups in the local community, and also offer workshops which help develop skills in silk painting, batik and silk fusion techniques. Those attending, many for the first time, find this a very creative, rewarding and therapeutic experience.