I absolutely love it and hopefully you’ll enjoy rummaging around in here too.
Check out my Lookbooks section for images of some of my previous artwork. My Shop has some products and instant online tutorials. I’ll be stocking up the shop with more goodies over the next couple of weeks, so keep watching.
The Art Academy offers a whole range of workshops, classes and demos aimed at all levels - even absolute beginners - so it’s worth hopping over and try some freebies to see if you enjoy it.
I am not a camera. Personality in a painting is important!
My aim is to uplift through colour, finding beauty in the mundane, extraordinary in the ordinary, in everyday life & things we overlook or perhaps take for granted or have forgotten. Whether it's an old typewriter, a well worn armchair or weeds growing wild by the roadside. I hope my paintings are not only interesting and appealing but also make the viewer consider the story behind the image and to re-see the object or scene as something worthwhile and fit for a frame.
Colour is one of the most important things for me in painting - I love colour! I don't aim to replicate what's in front of me, but to enhance and make the subject glow with vibrant colours, bold & exciting marks & textures. I work mainly in oils & pastel but also enjoy mixed media and love my ever increasing collection of sketchbooks. I enjoy experimenting with materials and love a happy accident!
I always wanted to be an artist growing up but the path was never straight - I’m now a professional artist living and working in Ayrshire, got there eventually!
As a Glasgow School of Art graduate, I enjoyed a career as an award winning magazine designer, working with large UK wide companies including Good Housekeeping magazine and The Home Show magazine until 2004 when I started my own packaging design business specialising in food packaging while teaching art & design at a local college.
Skip ahead a few years and the need to paint became too strong to resist and in 2010 picked up a brush for the first time in almost 20 years and haven’t stopped since!
I ditched the day job and became a full time professional artist in 2016 and now live, paint, teach & coach from my home, which is an old farm built in 1850, surrounded by glorious Ayrshire countryside. I love to paint large, bold, colourful landscapes in oils & pastels and opened my on-site gallery in 2018 where my work is displayed along with lots of gifts, prints, cards and a selection of work produced by local artisans (see the GALLERY page for more info). I also exhibit throughout Scotland with collectors in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Hungary & France.
I share my stable studio with 3 guinea pigs (all named after the colour red) and live next door with my hubby (no, he’s not an artist - folk always ask), 2 daughters and 2 dogs … one is also named after a colour! I have a serious shoe fixation, buy hugely unneccessary vintage ‘stuff’, enjoy a glass or two of wine and my new hobby of crocheting very bright blankets! (although not all at the same time).
Gillian Park Art
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