Artist earns top prize

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Fairnie

The work of a tal­ented Dun­blane artist is now on dis­play at a top Glas­gow ex­hi­bi­tion.

Laura Gill’s stun­ning paint­ing of an old tree against the back­drop of a win­ter in the Cairn­gorms is be­ing show­cased in the 154th Open An­nual Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Glas­gow In­sti­tute of Fine Art.

And not only has her work been recog­nised with a trea­sured spot in the ex­hi­bi­tion – but it also earned her the N.S. MacFar­lane Trust Award for best work by a first-time ex­hibitor.

The 61-year-old told the Ob­server: “The idea be­hind the paint­ing comes from when our fam­ily used to spend time in the Cairn­gorms years ago. Our son and his pal would al­ways ask us to pull over next to this tree near Car­rbridge so they could climb it. I don’t think it’s there any­more but I painted it from me­mory.

“I love the area and I just wanted to cap­ture the land­scape and feel of the Cairn­gorms.”

A print of the win­ning paint­ing will be on show in the West­lands, Dun­blane, on Satur­day from 10am to 5pm as part of the‘Made Here’show.

De­lighted Laura with her award­win­ning paint­ing

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