This year, Lynda and Ron built new studios in their garden in Edinburgh and have been using them to the full during Covid-19 lockdown, mostly producing prints and artist books. They have been using their sketchbooks from past outings for reference and making their daily walk an opportunity to sketch in the nearby Pentland Hills to the south of the city.
Both artists used the lockdown period to experiment with new printing techniques. The prints were made on two small presses and a small screen. They are etchings using silver foil lids from takeaways, monoprints, linoprints and screenprints using stencils rather than photographic methods of image making as there was no access to sophisticated equipment.
The artist books are folded sketches made in the hills, folded prints or printed books made online. The paintings include an element of print.
The main subject matters for Lynda are the coast and the hills; for Ron, the hills and the animals found there – Highland cows, chickens, sheep and horses - plus fabulous imagined beasts.
Since graduation from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012, Mary Walters has travelled extensively in Europe, in both Northern and Southern directions. Each journey has inspired a visual response in a variety of media – prints, drawings, paintings, books and small-scale sculptures. Each experience has been a point of departure for the development of a seemingly endless exploration of processes and materials.
Her initial background in geography and geology has provided her with a vocabulary through which she attempts an understanding of both the natural and human processes that form the wild landscapes she has come to love – the cliff faces of Valencia, the basalts of Iceland, the west coast of Scotland, the far north of Finland, the sea ice of Svalbard, the mountains of Norway.
Presented here are some key encounters with some of these landscapes. Her conversations with the places she has selected for this exhibition demonstrate her ongoing search for that elusive and distilled personal visual language.