I like painting in watercolours - it’s a versatile, but difficult, medium. It can be subtle yet strong, have depth yet be transparent. You have to work fast, then wait, then fast again. I push myself with every painting to make it a new challenge, trying to use a different technique or skill. And I don’t mind making mistakes! They can often lift a painting, change it’s mood or direction, or ruin it entirely!
'Highland Seasons' at Alchemist Gallery was Emer's first solo exhibition, which we had to change to run entirely online due to COVID-19 lockdown in April and May 2020.
Emer Beattie is an Irish artist living in the Highlands of Scotland. "My paintings come from my life growing up with my family in Ireland, and living in the Highlands with my husband and children. I’m inspired by what I see around me on the Black Isle - the farm and wood where we live, and my garden.
I prefer to focus on the small things in nature - the colours and textures of leaves, trees, branches, grasses and flowers - their variety can be just as expressive and majestic as big landscapes".