February Snow and Sun
By Tom Watt

Acrylic and Gouache
Subject Matter
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83 x 93.5 cm

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This wintery snow scene depicts a farmhouse outside Westfield, West Lothian. The cool blue of the shadows enhances the sense of coldness. The line of trees - painted in warm browns - alleviates the chilly atmosphere and also serves to lead the viewer's eye up towards the farmhouse.

Tom has always been intrigued by the effect of light and colour on his environment. His subjects have included the small fishing villages of Fife, the canals of Venice and the countryside of Italy and France. Since settling with his family in south-west France in 1996 he has responded to the dappled sunlight around him. The depth of colour in his work evokes the heat of French summer life in the markets and caf├ęs of the medieval towns and villages which surround him; his portraits of local people captures the essence of lives spent largely outdoors, both at work and at leisure.

Tom Watt was born in Montrose in 1951. He studied drawing at Edinburgh College of Art from 1971 to 1975 under Philipson, Peploe, Cumming and Michie. After Art College, Tom undertook a career in teaching, eventually becoming Head of Art at James Gillespie's High School, Edinburgh. During this time most of his paintings were produced as commissions. He left the world of teaching twenty years ago and has since has spent the time devoting himself entirely to painting.

Tom's paintings are to be found in the collections of The Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, West Lothian District Council, the Sauerland Regional Authority in Germany, PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Boland Limited, as well as in many private collections throughout the UK, France, Germany, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, the United States and Canada.

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