Landscape Artist Helen L Robertson
The Highlands and Island of the West Coast of Scotland have been my source of inspiration since 1988.
I moved to Ratagan near the Isle of Skye after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art and studying at the RCA in London.
These rugged landscapes and seascapes, continually enhanced by the seasons and weather, offer me a wealth of creative possibilities.
The coruscating light on water, in contrast to the deep, rich tones of a shadow are the things that I seek out and try to capture in my work.
The kaleidoscope of seasonal colour and light drive my desire to capture this magic in paint and pastel.
I love to get out into the landscape, either working at my easel or in my sketchbook with a selection of inks, watercolours and pastels in order to capture the essence of a place. These works are sometimes finished in situ or are used back in my studio to inform bigger works.
My mixed media process is to flood the paper with acrylic inks and watercolours, letting colours collide and mix. I feel that when you are not in complete control of a medium is when the magic can happen.
Once dry I use pastel to bring out some areas of detail. Using the side of the pastel allows the paint below to show through. I like the contrast of having areas that are highly worked against areas of simple lines or marks. Often I spend time deciding what not to add to a painting, as apposed to what to add.
My work is sold in galleries throughout Scotland and online, selling to private collectors worldwide.
Admirers of Helen's work have often commented on how the paintings make them feel transported to that place.
"You can take as many photos as you like, but the way Helen interprets the image in Pastel, adds an emotional depth."
Sir William Gillies Award
presented at the 142nd Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Open Exhibition 2023
TO PURCHASE A PAINTING
If you would like to purchase a painting, please use the contact button at the top of the page or click on my email address at the bottom of the page. Thank you.
Helen's studio is in Ratagan IV40 8HX 9 miles east of Eilean Donan Castle.
Please use the Contact button (Top left of page) or phone 07802 545243 to make an appointment.
Helen accepts commissions. Please contact her for details.
ARTICLES IN PUBLICATIONS
Scotland in 4 Seasons Pages 76 - 78
GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS
21st Jan - 16th Feb Royal Scottish Academy RSW Annual Exhibition
11th - 31st May Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle Ornsay Isle of Skye IV43 8QR
You can see my work in the following Galleries :
Glasgow Gallery, Glasgow G2 4HG
Castle Gallery, Inverness IV2 3DU
Carron Gallery, Strathcarron IV54 8YX
Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle Ornsay Isle of Skye IV43 8QR
Logie Steading Art Gallery, Forres
Tippycanoe, Portree, Skye
2002-22 An Talla Dearg Gallery, Isleornsay, Skye
2020 Torrance Gallery , Edinburgh
2017 Steading Gallery, Balmacara
2011 Castle Gallery , Inverness
2008 Byre Theatre Gallery, St Andrews
2008 MacGregor Fine Art, Glasgow
2007 Carby Art Gallery, Aberdeen
2001 Scone Studios, Perth
1994 Stables Gallery, London
1991 Eden Court Gallery, Inverness
1987-88 Ware on Earth Gallery, Edinburgh
2020 Moy Mackay Gallery, Peebles
2019 Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh
2013- 2021 Castle Gallery, Inverness
2010 - 19 Lochalsh Art Fair, Dornie
2014 Holroyd Gallery, Ballahulish
2014 Beauly Gallery
2013 Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh
2013 Julian Jardine Gallery, Perth
2012 Edinburgh Art Fair
2012 Nicole Porter Gallery, Aberdeen
2012 Inchmore Art Gallery , Inverness
2009 Logie Steadings Gallery, Forres
2007 Edinburgh Art Fair
2006 Cambridge Art Fair
2004 Green Gallery, Germany
1993 Spey Bay Gallery, Speyside
Tel: 07802 545 243 or 01599 537 150
2 MacInnes Place Ratagan Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8HX