Amanda Waite

Living Cairn

Living Cairn

Material: Cyanotype on Fabriano watercolour paper, 4 layers clear ground/gesso, oils.
Size: 60cm x 70cm cm

The figurative painting uses the theme 'Celebrating the Old, Inspiring the New', a creative response inspired by a geographical setting; the coastal location of Poole, Dorset. Historical designs from Poole Pottery are symbolised within the pebbles and the cod juxtaposed against the orange backdrop hint at the once prosperous fishing trade with Newfoundland in the 18th Century. The figure embodies the essence of creativity as a living memorial. The word 'cairn' comes from the Scottish Gaelic meaning a manmade stack of stones, often laid at the top of a mountain. The process of painting is not dissimilar to climbing a mountain.
I'm a Scottish figurative artist exploring surrealism using beautiful variants of blue with accents of interesting symbolic patterns. The challenge; to extract the 'gold' or inner core of a person in my portraits. My background is in advertising and for nearly a decade I worked as an in-house illustrator before freelancing for several years. The human form has always fascinated me and the life class is my happy place; sunshine for the soul.


  • Publiek ronde from 29-09-2021 00:00 till 30-11-2021 22:00
  • Jury ronde from 30-09-2021 00:00 till 31-10-2021 23:00

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