Meadows in the Tweed Valley

Meadows in the Tweed Valley
30 x 41 Oil/Linen

This is one of my favourite places and I have painted it many times at different times of the year and day. It’s very close to my friend Jasmin’s home in Biggar, Scotland. I would love to take a workshop here some day, so anyone interested let me know! Maybe next year.


Wren at Dusk

Wren at Dusk
8 x 12 Oil/Panel

I have been working on this one for a while, trying to get the landscape to fit well with the wren.

I was just signing it this morning as I listened to the BBC Radio 4 PM programme, and there was a report on a ceremony in France to bury the last of the unknown Australian soldiers from the First World War. Relatives read out letters received from some of the soldiers and they were so moving, bringing tears to my eyes and I couldn’t see to sign my painting.

As I looked at my painting of a bird in a tranquil landscape, I couldn’t help but be aware of the sharp contrast in my life to those who go to war to enable me to stay at home in the safety of my studio and paint birds and landscapes. It would be good to be able to give something back….

My other side

When I go out painting with the ‘plein air master’ (My husband, Barry McCuan!) I tend to do pastels. Somehow I just like the results more and actually would really like to scale up some of these abstracts into large oil paintings. What do you think? I think they would be fun to do! The above pastels are no larger than about 6″ x 4″ and inspired by water and a trip to the Hill Country, near Fredericksburg.