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Born in 1958 Marion Thomson studied initially at Glasgow School of Art and then for three years at Glasgow University. Since 2000 Marion has concentrated on her painting, exhibiting her work on a regular basis. In her work one senses the influence of the twentieth century Scottish landscape painters whilst seeing her own interpretation and unique approach to the Scottish landscape. Describing her technique she says of her approach to starting a subject:
“The unique landscape of the Scottish west coast and its many islands have always attracted me. Each of these islands have their own character and outlook. Over the years I have walked or cycled most of them from Islay in the Southern Hebrides to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, there is a sense of something different in these islands. The quality of light here is also of a more intense nature, bouncing off a glittering sea, making the colours of the big sky and mountains seem more alive and complex.
I enjoy the whole experience of being there from the amazing birdlife and plants to the ancient remains of past settlements. Back in the studio I can start distilling my material into a finished work. I prepare my own canvases in order to have a surface on which I feel comfortable painting. Introducing layers of colour and texture as I go helps me recreate that feeling of light and colour from the islands”.