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I am a visual artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I incorporate my own poetry into my artwork, sometimes collaging it into pieces, sometimes writing about paintings and sometimes inspiring paintings.

By jillashforth, Sep 30 2019 03:07PM

Some months ago I created pieces at a workshop which were inspired by The Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams. The leader of the workshop wondered if I had made images that represented something I needed. Later, I made them into triptychs which I called Serenity I and II. This was at a time when my elderly mother was ill in hospital. Perhaps I had indeed needed some seas of serentiy.

I have planned some themes around which I'd like to create some abstract images punctuated with words. They are the colours of balance, of life and love, of birth, of betrayal, of grief, and of parting and death.

I have been reading a book called Snow by Marcus Sedgwick. A section on art described snow as a metaphor for isolation and death. It made me compare my art when I was ill with other periods. When I was depressed it was very pale with lots of white added to the few colours I used. More recently I have used silver which is for me the colour of hope in the same way that once I mixed every colour with white. I think of that time when I was ill as one of isolation and loneliness. Today even when I am alone, my partner is with me in my heart. I am never alone because his love holds me. I made an image recently at my counsellor of a sea of blue. This is the middle ground for me where I am neither depressed or manic. I feel I'm ready to paint my seas of blue tranquility with silver mists of hope. At last, thanks to love, acceptance and understanding.

My new work is going to be landscapes of emotions depicted with colour and line, making marks that tell a story full of feeling and punctuated with words. It's a theme I've returned to several times since art college days: words and images.

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