Heather M Nisbet
Tell us a little bit about what you do and why you love it
I am a contemporary style painter, using mostly oils or acrylics, but producing mixed media pieces. Whilst my work is inspired by the landscapes and buildings in and around Dumfries and Galloway, I rarely reproduce exactly what I see. Instead most of my paintings are an amalgamation of scenes from reality and views from my imagination. I also produce figurative work and portraits, some of which you can see on my website.
What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
I grew up In Kirkcudbright but like many young folk, didn’t appreciate how lucky I was to live in Dumfries and Galloway, with its beautiful scenery, quieter and simpler life and the clear light and the aroma – albeit not perhaps quite so inviting around about silaging time. Now that I’m (a lot!) older, I’ve had the chance to return and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
What projects are you involved in right now?
I’ve just finished creating a section of my studio for the display for sale of framed signed prints and greeting cards and I’m now working on a series of large acrylic landscapes on box canvas and also on the theme (in framed oils) of boats in harbour.
Hopes, ambitions or plans for 2015?
I’ve been in my studio for a little over a year now. Really my plans for 2015 are just to paint up a storm – to fill up the walls and to have plenty of work available for exhibition. It’s so great to have a new space in which to create.
Have you always been in this role – or have you/do you do anything else?
Although I have painted and drawn all of my life, it’s only recently that I’ve been able to devote so much time to it. There’s nothing like being able to spend all day doing what you love – who wouldn’t want to do that.
Tell us something not everyone knows about you
I’ve swum across Lake Windermere and climbed Ben Nevis – and never wish to do either again!