I am a classically trained artist working mainly in oils and pastels. I studied at London Fine Art Studios in Battersea and have lived and worked in Dumfries and Galloway for five years. My work is figurative, mainly still life, flowers and landscape inspired by the local area and wildlife. I work direct from nature whenever possible and love to work outdoors.
This is a short video to show my studio, my working methods and a shot or two of the surroundings at Rusko Studio. It is made by me and helpful husband, Richard, who is a whizz with the drone.
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I opened Rusko Studio in 2018 both as my studio and as a small art school, teaching methods of drawing and painting used by figurative painters since the Renaissance. The studio is in a converted Victorian stables on the Rusko estate. It has space for eight to 12 people to work during classes but has been my solo space during lockdown. The studio is equipped with French beechwood easels, adjustable, state-of-the-art lighting and a full complement of oil painting kit. I love to use Rosemary brushes and paints by Sennelier and Michael Harding among other brands.
While I was able to continue classes during the second half of last year, this year has so far been fully closed by the Covid19 pandemic. I have used YouTube to deliver video demos and tutorials and will be releasing a new painting video for Spring Fling. Go to my website for all the links.
I plan to lead a sketching walk for Spring Fling to share my practice with keen outdoor artists and enjoy some of the wonderful country which inspires me. I hope to welcome a limited number of visitors by appointment during the Spring Fling period subject to Covid19 rules to view new work, look at sketchbooks and explore the studio and surroundings.
My work can be viewed and purchased via my website. At present my work can be purchased online via the Spring Fling exhibition or physically at the Spring Fling Pop-Up. There is a selection of pictures available from McGill Duncan Gallery. I am delighted to welcome you to my studio by appointment – please see my contact details to arrange a visit out with this event.
As well as teaching, I have been developing my own practice and working towards a show at McGill Duncan Gallery in Castle Douglas earlier this spring. My landscapes have looked at water and light – a good subject with all the floods and brimming rivers. Lockdown has been a quiet time to walk and work in my sketchbooks. I have branched out into watercolour and gouache and some work in my new medium will be available to view at my studio. Still life remains a passion and there is plenty of new work available to buy.
Studio images by David Moses, all other by Elizabeth Gilbey.
Our online studio pages give you a chance to learn about each artist, see their work, watch video tours and demos and connect with them online. You can also purchase work, either directly from the artist or on the Spring Fling shop.