This landscape in oils depicts trees by the side of the River Tweed, reflected in a slow-moving bend, with hills visible in the distance. The trees have their summer foliage and their unbroken reflections suggest still water.
The sense of distance between the foreground and the hills in the background is created through the application of progressively thinner paint, cooler colours and sparser detail. The branches poking in from the left establish the scale, level of detail and colour intensity in the foreground and lead the eye 'through' the painting to the hills in the background.
Texture is provided by the application of thicker paint for tree trunks and branches and by the scraping of wet paint, to depict stalks of grass or reeds on the river bank. This technique is repeated in the middle ground to delineate the edges the trees.
T G McGill Duncan was born in 1896 and died in 1978. He studied art at Edinburgh College of Art and worked as a landscape painter in oils and watercolour. His work is exhibited in collections belonging to the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Artists in Watercolour, the Scottish Society of Artists and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.
This painting was kindly donated to the Art in Healthcare collection by Elspeth Shearer.
With thanks to In The Artists' Footsteps for information about this artist