Posted 6th August 2018
The strong colours and bold, graphic lines of Linda Farquharson's work draw inspiration from the flora surrounding her rural bothy studio in Perthshire, Scotland.
Born in Aberdeen, Linda trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, achieving both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Design, with a specialism in printmaking.
Following her graduation in 1986, Linda worked for several years as a commercial illustrator, undertaking commissions for design and advertising companies using her printmaking skills. Early commissions included wall panels for Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners and book illustrations for the Folio Society (Irish Folk & Fairy Tales and Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake).
Linda had her first solo exhibition in 1988, and has continued to exhibit throughout Scotland and the rest the UK ever since, both in solo and group exhibitions. She also exhibits regularly with The Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden and The Society of Wood Engravers. Her work is held in many corporate and private collections, including the House of Lords and The Scottish Office.
Why I like flowers as a subject
'I can't remember a time when I didn't like flowers. As a young girl I collected, pressed and named wildflowers, grew a colourful display of annuals in the family garden and now spend many enjoyable hours in my predominately herbaceous garden. The garden and countryside surrounding my studio in rural Perthshire inspire my printmaking, influencing the shapes I draw, the colours I use, and the patterns I cut.'
See Linda's work in our Florabundance exhibition at Watts Contemporary Gallery, on display until 7 October.