Transport poverty affects one million Scots and can be the difference between getting support and services needed or going without (Sustrans, 2016).
My bike was provided by a charity addressing transport poverty and has enabled me to capture scenes to paint. I greatly admire seascape artists but getting to the coast is a challenge without private transport or a 2 hour bus journey.
This therefore pushed me to explore scenes on my doorstep where I accepted that epic seas were not going to be found. Through acceptance I started to appreciate the area around me, that simplistic scenes, such as this canal that I cycled to in 10 minutes from my house, could challenge me to better my skills in techniques such as shading and creating depth. I want to challenge the individual to make use of what is around them without having to access costly transport.
I began painting in November last year as a combat to a tricky time. Having never painted, my pieces are created with a limited palette to keep things simple and better my skills.
Oil on canvas,
12″ x 12″