This screenprint depicts the Strathisla whisky distillery in Keith, Banffshire. Frances' landscape work draws attention to the contrast between the landscape and the human communities who interact with it, and this screenprint reflects that theme. The artist uses bold whites and blues and straight lines for the buildings to contrast with the more organic shapes and colours of the landscape.
The most fascinating aspect about this print is its enormous attention to detail for such a small piece, including numerous elements that are revealed upon close inspection, such as the electricity pylon visible on the hillside; the gate to the left of the garage and the birds in the sky. Other features include the name of the distillery on the roof; the window frames in the buildings and the shadows of the trees. The overall effect portrays an autumnal scene. The sky is grey and filling with clouds; the trees are transitioning from greens to browns and clouds of leaves are forming in the air, leaving the branches visible.
The artist finds inspiration in the nature of the Scottish wilderness and aims to convey that wildness through her art. Inspiration also comes from the people of these untamed lands and their impact on the natural surroundings.
Frances Walker was born in Kirkcaldy in 1930 and trained at the Edinburgh College of Art. She now lives in Aberdeen and on Tiree, where she lives in one of the few remaining thatched cottages. Many of her drawings and studies are made in Tiree, with larger paintings and prints being produced in Aberdeen. Having painted many of the wildest parts of Scotland, Walker's works not only evoke this wildness but also bears witness to the people who have lived in Scotland and shaped the land with their labour.
With thanks to the Rendezvous Gallery for artist information