Shona Barr, an artist living and working in rural Scotland, welcomes you to her website and hopes you enjoy browsing through the images of her paintings and textile work.
Shona’s artwork is inspired by her love of the natural environment and man’s interaction with it. She sees this relationship in the everyday agricultural life of her fertile Angus surroundings as well as the wilder mountain and coastal landscapes of, particularly, the North West Highlands of Scotland. Places where ancient buildings or sacred sites have become intertwined with nature also fascinate.
Shona attempts to capture the transformative effects of the ever changing light and seasons on everyday scenes – trees, especially in their winter form, provide an endless source of stimulation. Having originally worked in veterinary practice, Shona rediscovered her long held interest in art during recovery from chronic ME and it is perhaps not surprising that farm animals, particularly cattle, are also favourite subjects.
Her paintings are predominantly in watercolour and oils and she also enjoys working with pastels.
The textile work involves free motion machine embroidery and uses recycled fabrics in vibrant colours and varying textures to explore the same themes.
Shona won The UK Skills Challenge silver medal while completing her HNC in Fine Art at Dundee College in 2005.
The paintings featured are for sale. If you would like to purchase an original painting, a signed giclée print or would like more information about the artwork or a possible commission please contact Shona.