Equine artist’s leg up

Release Date: 3 May 2017

A D&A College artist has the bit between her teeth having won a bursary from the society of Equestrian Artists to fund a week-long residential.

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Lecturer Gillian Robertson

Lecturer Gillian Robertson is heading to Somerset to join other artists painting horses and equestrian scenes on Exmoor.

Under the auspices of contemporary art, Gillian, teaches mostly print-making at D&A’s Gardyne Campus.

Using her maiden name, Gillian Melville, the artist paints in watercolour and works in the media of screen printing and lino printing.

All things equestrian have been an interest for the lecturer for years.

“I was a keen rider until I was expecting my second child and I really do believe that working with and grooming horses and ponies instils a deep knowledge of their anatomy, making creating equine art easier.”

Gillian saw the opportunity to take part in the residential on line and sent the organisers pictures of various of her works – a charcoal and watercolour study of Collessie Pride, a prize-winning Clydesdale stallion from Kinshaldy Stables where the artist used to ride; a watercolour still-life; and a lino-cut inspired by circus horses.

Having applied for funding at the gallop, the artist had to slow to a walk while she waited for a reply.

“I actually thought I had been unsuccessful as I hadn’t had any word and then I didn’t check my emails during the Easter holiday – only to find that among the 150 emails I was ploughing through to catch up, there was one congratulating me on my success,” explained the Tayport-based artist.

“I was really delighted and very excited when I discovered I had been successful.”