Pitlochry’s Wild Space hosts Creag Meagaidh artist
Alasdair McMorrine's latest artwork show is inspired by nature, myths and the legendary John Muir
An exhibition by a former artist-in-residence at the Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve is now on display at the Wild Space Visitor Centre in Pitlochry.
By Loch and Mountain is the result of two and half years of observing, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and more by multi-talented Highland artist, Alasdair McMorrine. The exhibition was inspired by geology, natural growth and ‘that feeling of ancient footsteps’.
While working at Creag Meagaidh during the Year of Natural Scotland in 2013, the Loch Laggan based artist discovered John Muir.
“I found out that he was a prolific journal keeper, and understood the importance of recording the things he saw by writing about them and capturing them in sketches and paintings.” Alasdair now keeps detailed nature journals and notebooks, which he then uses to refine his work.
While at Creag Meagaidh, Alasdair also followed Muir’s example by painting in the open air – midges and weather permitting.
He says: “Regeneration and venerable decay all play a part in the astonishing natural reforestation of Loch Lagganside. The twist of natural growth, the shaping of wind and weather and the most extraordinary fragments of roots and ancient forest all lead easily to abstraction and enrich the print making process.”
Some of the prints, paintings and journals that are on show in the Wild Space were created during this time.
He says: “Legends, place-names, the arrival and departure of seasons and feathered migrants have all had an influence on my work and I have enjoyed recording this most beautiful and haunting place.”
By Loch and Mountain is on at the Wild Space, Station Road, Pitlochry, until 3 November.