NICOLA STEVENSON - Artist
Nicola Stevenson is a contemporary landscape painter from Ireland, she graduated in Art & Design and later completed a post-graduate in Computer Applications in Art & Design. She worked for many years as computer graphics technician, graphic designer, also managing the Gallery at the Alnwick Playhouse.
Over the past five years she has returned to developing her painting again, exploring new mediums and ways of working and progressing her ‘plein air’ pieces on a much larger scale. Working mainly in oils, acrylics and glazes, Nicola’s aim is to capture the beauty of the coastline, allowing the viewer to step inside the paintings and feel surrounded by the stunning landscape.
RUPACHITTA ROBERTSON and ASHOKASHRI - Artists and Sculptor
My work is usually a response to the environment and the people around me, working in whatever medium is available. Last year, after winning second place in the Highland Art Prize with one of my portraits, I started a residency at Baile na Cille church in Uig. I desperately wanted to work in a bigger space and ‘An Dubh is an Gorm’ exhibition was the result. The environment and history of the church drew a response from me that included projection, sound, poetry, large scale paintings and sculptures. I will be doing another residency on Tory Island in Donegal in the summer as part of the Earagail Arts Festival. I am not sure exactly what work will come in between, however there will be lots to see, drawings, paintings and sculptures and you will all be most welcome to come in to Shoreside Studio for a visit during OSH or email me to arrange another time.
I am a member of the Thirteen Textile Group based in London and visit the Isle of Lewis regularly where I also have a studio. Using different techniques and mediums: silk screen, soya based earth pigments, collage, stitch to name a few, I tend to choose what seems most appropriate at any given time.
This year for Open Studios Hebrides, I’m working with wool, and in particular the by products of the Harris Tweed industry. I’m sculpting, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting and combining with found objects discovered on daily walks. I love the way Harris tweed reflects the colours of the landscape, as Ian Lawson says ‘from the land comes the cloth’.
I will also have cards and small works printed on my newly acquired small press.