My past exhibitions and events include:
The picture here is one of my all time favourites. I am pictured with my great friend Shirley Spear OBE who has along with her husband Eddie created such an investment into their restaurant with rooms The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye. We have worked together closely over the years.
Examples of my work feature in the restaurant and The house over Bye. Stained glass panels I designed and made reflecting Shirley’s love of trees surround the entrance to reception were my paintings and reception desk, [which was one of my most challenging commissions ] great the arrival of guests.
I have included two photos from one of the days filming. I have to say Barkly affectionately called ‘Studio Dog’ was a complete star!
Script from Scott Ross
You can watch the film from anywhere in the world by downloading the ARTE app, searching for Isles of the Queen: Skye, and selecting the English subtitles.
Her documentary is the most lavishly filmed account of Skye, its Makers and People produced for many years.
It interweaves the stories of gin distiller brothers Alistair and Thomas Wilson, landscape artist Diana Mackie, chef Scott Davies, restaurateur Shirley Spear, weavers Andrea and Roger Holden, Skyeskyners Pete Winterbourne and Becky Hanley, Dunvegan Castle custodian Jeroen Roskam, swordsmith Rob Miller, Skye ghillie Mitchell Partridge, farmer Allan Macpherson, ferrymen brothers Colin and Donnie Macdonald from Glenelg and traditional Scottish hard shoe dancer Sophie Stevenson.
One strand of the film follows Diana creating a new painting from inspiration to completion, which now hangs in the lobby of The Three Chimneys House Over-By for all of our local and international guests to enjoy.
I am delighted to have one of my paintings featured on the invitation for what will be a wonderful exhibition.
Annabel has brought together a varied and very exciting group of artists.
For those of you who are near enough to attend please RSVP to Annabel or myself firstname.lastname@example.org 01470 511 795.
The private view is on the Friday 17th May 6.00pm onwards.
I shall be at the private view and the Saturday so I would be delighted to see any of you there.
A new venue and time for the exhibition. From Dusk Till Dawn hosted by Annabel Wightman www.awcontemporary.com
Anser Gallows Barn in Hempstead, near Saffron Walden.
17th, private view to 24th May
MOONLIGHT AND MISTS 3 x 3 ft oil on canvas is one of my seven paintings that will be exhibited.
Full Moon Above the waterfall is just what it was. I wanted to convey the sheer power of the water projecting towards the viewer.
Oil Painting on canvas 3 ft x 3ft
Images for the year of Nature 2012.
Discover Scotland’s breathtaking National Nature Reserves captured in art.
VisitScotland have been working with the Scottish Natural Heritage since 2009, promoting the awareness and accessibility of the Natural Nature Reserve’s (NNR) across Scotland.
The NNR’s are areas of land that are specifically managed to conserve the nature, habitats and wildlife and give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the magic and beauty of Scotland’s nature.
Artist Diana Mackie interpreted five NNR’s exclusively for VisitScotland in her unique style, in which oils are used to capture the remarkable spectral effects within natural setting.
Creag Meagaidh NNR’s towering cliffs and plunging valleys are often shrouded in mist, creating the perfect conditions for the appearance of the ghostly ‘Brocken Spectre’. Although this is an eerie sight for the unsuspecting walker, the surprising spectacle can be explained simply as the shadow of the hillwalker being cast onto the cloud below.
The spectacular clouds inspired artist Diana’s painting; ‘The clouds seemed to be pumping up to greater and greater heights accented by a strongly coloured diagonal form. While the basalt rocks formed their own pathway across the moor.’
Corrie Fee is a breathtaking area of natural beauty that has been crafted over time by glacial erosion. It is one of Britain’s most stunning glacier corries featuring rare arctic alpine plants and tumbling burns during the summer. Visit in the winter and you will note the silence of the reserve as the tremendous waterfall freezes into a magnificent ice curtain creating a beautiful scene.
Mackie’s painting captures the frozen landscapes, she explained: ‘As I was climbing higher I was amazed by the static conflict of two cloud and mist banks. It was as though they were frozen in time. Their shapes highlighted by the winter sunshine were quite breathtaking.’
Forvie is a spectacular NNR made up of around 1,000 hectares of dune systems. The sand has shifted over time to uncover layers of history, such as the remains of a 12th century church. Imagine the murmur of the church congregation as the calls of the eider duck colony echo over the dunes.
Mackie was inspired by the reserve’s changeable weather conditions. She described Forvie as ‘Wonderful and wild. The vast beach offers the drama of sun, wind and passing showers. Whilst the dunes offer their private spaces to the visitor surrounding them with Maron grasses which respond to the wind rushing through them’.
Staffa is famed for its spectacular sea cave – Fingal’s Cave. Formed by the battering of the island’s cliffs by the Atlantic Ocean, Fingal’s Cave (known as Uamh-Binn, the ‘cave of melody’, in Gaelic) has inspired many famous artists and writers such as J.M.W. Turner, Wordsworth and Mendelssohn who composed the Hebrides Overture after visiting the island.
Mackie was also roused by Fingal’s Cave, as she explained: ‘This magical place holds its own unique acoustics, while allowing just a limited visit from the light outside. The spectre of light that finally dissipates up into the roof of the cave hangs in a ghostly shape’.
Rum’s dramatic landscape of jagged mountains sets the perfect scene for the sea eagles that cast shadows below with their magnificent 8 ft wingspan. Rum holds an ancient surprise – evidence of the earliest known human occupation of Scotland. Visit the fascinating reserve and discover around 200 archaeological sites that date back a staggering 10,000 years.
Mackie describes how a visit to Rum inspired her painting: ‘The light at the end of the day always has such heightened atmospheric qualities. The evening sun had just caught the distant rock face in this Jurassic landscape. The low lying mists added beautifully to the mystery’.
Diana was invited to exhibit four paintings at The Mall Galleries in London in November 2012 in the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.
A show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world, including two artists, two collectors and two critics.
Scots pines (25x20cm)
Passing Shower Coral Beach(25x20cm)
Rocks and Waves(25x20cm)