Artist opens de­gree show – decades af­ter drop­ping out

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FEATURES -

An artist who dropped out of art school in the 1960s is ex­hibit­ing in Ul­lapool af­ter fi­nally com­plet­ing her de­gree.

Rosanne Wise­man, 66, of Ault­bea, was in­vited to show­case her work as part of An Talla So­lais mem­ber’s ex­hi­bi­tion.

This is her de­gree show as she com­pletes her stud­ies with the Open Col­lege of the Arts for a BA (Hons) in paint­ing.

The dis­tance learn­ing course pro­vided the ideal op­por­tu­nity for her to re­visit and con­tinue her stud­ies part-time while be­ing in full-time em­ploy­ment.

She has pro­duced a col­lec­tion of mixed me­dia paint­ings re­flect­ing her love of colour and tex­ture in­spired by the sea shore.

Ms Wise­man said: “The ex­hi­bi­tion is all to do with the sea shore, but it is an ab­stract in­ter­pre­ta­tion of look­ing into rock pools and the sur­round­ing rocks, as well as the sur­face of the water and the depths of the pools.

“I went to Glas­gow School of Art and dropped out in the sec­ond year. I met some­one, got mar­ried, and the rest was bring­ing up chil­dren. I never had the time to paint.

“Do­ing a dis­tance learn­ing course was the only way I could have done it, as I also had to work as a cook and house­keeper. I am re­tired now, it is great, I have got plenty of time and I paint all the time.”

Liv­ing by the sea has pro­vided plenty of sub­ject mat­ter and in­spi­ra­tion. Work­ing from ini­tial sketches and pho­to­graphs, she has in­ter­preted the scat­ter­ing of peb­bles on the pool bed and their en­hanced colour un­der water.

The sur­face, with shapes of re­flected light, has been de­scribed in col­lage, paint and ap­plied fab­rics.

Ms Wise­man has taken the process a step fur­ther by pro­duc­ing a se­ries of small col­lages us­ing melted wax and heated plas­tics.

Some of the work as well as cards will be for sale.

She has lived in Ault­bea for nearly 50 years and has at­tended var­i­ous creative short courses and work­shops, some of which have been in Ul­lapool with An Talla So­lais and Bridge­house Art. As a mem­ber of An Talla So­lais, she has of­ten ex­hib­ited in the mem­bers’ shows.

Her work can be seen in The Room at An Talla So­lais, Ul­lapool Vis­ual Arts, Ar­gyle Street, un­til Oc­to­ber 22. The ex­hi­bi­tion is open daily from 10am-5pm, and en­try is free.

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