Wild Space displays the paintings of hill running champion Finlay Wild
Kaleidoscape - Finlay Wild's first solo exhibition of paintings - can be seen in Pitlochry until early April
When he’s not working as GP in his native Lochaber, Finlay Wild is a man of the mountains.
He’s won the Ben Nevis hill race multiple times in a row. A couple of years ago, he became the first runner to cross the feared Cuillin Ridge in under three hours. And last year he was crowned British Hill and Fell Running Champion.
Now the John Muir Trust is about to reveal a hidden side of Finlay that has stillness rather than speed at its heart.
For several years, Finlay has poured some of his energy and passion into painting a series of bold and imaginative canvases of some of his favourite Scottish mountains. These have now been brought together in his first solo exhibition - Kaleidoscape - at the Trust’s Alan Reece Wild Space Gallery in Pitlochry until 6 April .
Finlay said: “Having spent a lot of time in the mountains over the years, in all sorts of weather and light, I definitely have favourite places and views. I love coming back to these areas, time after time, and noticing the seasonal and daily changes which occur.
“Running in these places means I can travel light and fast, and I enjoy interacting as a moving element within the landscape.
“Painting these mountain areas just seemed to develop over a number of years. It is a good way to relax and also give my own interpretation of these places that I love.
“It gives me great satisfaction to try and depict a well-known mountain view in a very different way. It’s even better when fellow hill goers can work out where the painting is actually of!
“Of course these are not classic landscape paintings, but experimenting with block colours and bold lines has given me a lot of pleasure. My use of colour possibly gives an insight into the ‘mountains of my mind’ and how important these places are to me mentally as vivid, exciting, inspiring places.
“I’m delighted that the John Muir Trust is hosting Kaleidoscape - it’s my first exhibition and I will be interested to see how people react to my art. It has been a great way to reflect on what I have done so far, and helped to spark ideas for some new projects too.
“This is a new kind of challenge for me. It doesn’t involve pushing physically in a race, or concentrating on an exposed scramble, but it’s been very rewarding.”
See Kaleidoscape - Finlay Wild's first solo exhibition of his paintings - at the Wild Space in Pitlochry until 6 April 2016.