Tropicana II
By Shona McEwan

Acrylic and Gouache
Subject Matter
Still Life and Flowers
Reg. Number
109 x 84 cm

Shona has always enjoyed pattern, colour and texture and loves using the vibrancy of fruit when creating still life paintings. In this bold and colourful gouache work bright primary colours are applied in loose brushstrokes giving the fruits a fun, fresh, larger-than-life appearance. Strong pencil lines on the onions add visual direction and detail to the image.

Born in 1969, Shona studied Printed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and graduated in 1991. She works at Fife Council as a support worker in a social work care centre, and is involved with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival annually. Shona is also a Communications Officer at Adult Protection Committee, aiming to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, bringing an artistic slant to her work. She has a strong interest in art for public places and has produced art for children’s wards and young offender institutions. She has always enjoyed pattern, colour and texture and her bold colours and forms are intended to cheer public spaces.

Shona comments: "Since moving house in 2011 I've now at last got my own garden, and along with my seven-year-old daughter, am discovering the joy of planting seeds and bulbs and watching things grow”

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