A Concert of Scotland Paintings

A few 2007 Scotland Paintings by Stephen Quiller are still available for purchase, and they are listed first. However, we welcome you to enjoy viewing all of the paintings, Stephen's introductory description to his Scotland painting tour, and his reflections on the inspiration for each painting.

In late August of 2007 Marta and I traveled to Scotland, first to instruct a ten day "en plein air" painting workshop for the Jack Richeson Company that centered out of the central Highland village of Blair Atholl. Then we extended our stay exploring the fishing villages of the east coast Kingdom of Fife and later the west coast of Arisaig and Mallaig and the Isle of Skye. I painted daily on location with varied subject matter of the Scottish villages and countryside, harbors and boats, castles, flowers, lochs, sheep and heather-covered mountainsides. This exhibition opening February 16, 2008 shows the paintings done during this time. Although each painting was started on-site and taken approximately 85% toward the completion at that time, each painting was completed at the end of the travel back in my studio in Colorado.

Impressions of Scotland

The people of Scotland are close to their place on earth, appreciative of their heritage, and love their daily lives and work. The country is wild, yet soft and wise. Light hangs in the evenings and there are many moods and colors. It can be dark and ominous, deep violet. It can be light and pastel, mystical and yellow. The landscape is diverse.

The eastern Kingdom of Fife is dotted with historic, working fishing villages. The people of these places are busy, out fishing mainly for crab, shrimp, and lobster, or are repairing their vessels and mending their nets. Their catch is taken on Tuesdays collectively to the west coast of Spain. Many villages have their own nine-hole golf courses, situated right on the coastline with creative layouts, and have tiny golf club buildings with “honor system” fee boxes. It is in this region, at St. Andrews, that the game of golf had its genesis centuries ago. The landscape of Fife is rolling, pastoral, and seemingly groomed. We stayed in a flat on the harbor in Pittenweem; nearby, within walking distance on a coastal path, were the villages of St. Monans, Anstruther, and Crail.

The Highlands are sometimes wild and isolated in the Cuillins Mountians, gushing with cascades and waterfalls and blanketed with heather, yet few trees. The areas around the lochs are lush and verdant, the hillsides and meadows dotted with sheep. The autumn color in this region is a mix of the violet heather changing to gold, the deep green bracken changing to rust.