There are buildings and then there is architecture. The difference for me is that architecture exudes a presence which takes hold of my senses. It speaks to me.Blythe Scott
Growing up in an architecturally rich city, I have become passionate about architecture, new and old. From the patterns, structures and reflections of modern buildings, to the rhythms, irregularities and surface textures of the ancient, I have found constant inspiration in my own city, Glasgow, and various locations in Europe, America and the Far East.
Sometimes, the smallest and most subtle decorative details will be my starting point. Other times, it may be the character of an individual building or it could be the energy or of an entire urban scene. Regardless, I feel that architecture provides me with never-ending possibilities for exploration. I find it quite irresistible.
Rarely content to use only one medium, I have always enjoyed the inventive process of mixing materials. This has led me to produce sometimes surprising or mysterious effects, creating contrasts between the rugged, glossy, chalky or lustrous surfaces.
Often many layers of different heights will be used to add depth and perspective. Fields of blurred colour on wet paper are brought into focus with an overlying linear study. Mark making, distressed papers and collage materials may be employed to emphasise areas of interest and colour will almost certainly be expressive and exaggerated. An exaggerated palette comes very naturally to me and meets my need to emphasise a brighter view of life. Distorted and exaggerated perspective also help me to convey the dynamic and exciting nature of the urban landscape. It is my intention to create a sense of movement and life.
Of equal importance, is the opportunity for discovery that each piece presents and so, I allow the properties of various media, the flow of a line, the strength of a shape, the vibrancy of a colour, to inform the direction and emphasis of the art. My work is therefore initially a process of rigorous observation which then gives way to an intuitive, emotional response. It is a compelling journey of discovery which never fails to completely absorb me. Above all, I love to do what I do.