After graduating from Glasgow school of Art, Shona Barr spent time studying in Oslo and Barcelona. Now based in Scotland,her paintings explore aspects of nature ranging from the wild beauty of coastal landscapes to the exuberant abundance of garden flowers. These different themes are united by her vibrant use of colour.
Working on canvasses in a bold and direct way to retain freshness and energy, she investigates the interplay between abstraction and representation. Luscious paint textures and colours are emphasised but not invented. They are inherent in the actual landscape or flora. Hence, the painting that emerges articulates a hidden presence rather than that which stands out as most obvious. It is a synthesis of the original view.