Historic painting with a Tarves link

The painting with a Tarves history being shown by Jenny Matthews at Tolquhon Gallery's exhibition, which runs until April 14,
The painting with a Tarves history being shown by Jenny Matthews at Tolquhon Gallery's exhibition, which runs until April 14,

A PAINTING with a surprising local connection is being exhibited at Tolquhon Gallery near Tarves in its Spring exhibition, which opened on Sunday.

The painting is by Edinburgh-based Jenny Matthews, who has been a successful artist for more than 20 years.

Jenny is best known for her watercolour paintings of flowers but a sampler created by her great-grandmother in 1886 is the inspiration for her new painting.

In a chance conversation, Jenny discovered a Tarves connection. Her great-great-grandfather, Lewis Davie, was a carpenter at Haddo House and her great grandmother, Jane Davie, grew up in Tarves. Mr Davie is buried in the local graveyard.

The artist said: “I have exhibited at the Tolquhon Gallery for nearly 20 years, but its proximity to Tarves is a fortuitous coincidence, the significance of which I only discovered after telling my father about the venue.”

Joan Ross, who owns the gallery with her artist husband, Danny, said: “Since we first showed her work at Tolquhon, Jenny’s reputation has grown and grown and she now exhibits throughout the UK.

“The ‘Tarves Sampler’ was earmarked for a solo show in Aldeburgh later this year but we are thrilled that she agreed to show it with us.

“We felt it should really be seen here. With the Tarves connection, it will be fascinating to many people.”

The exhibition, which includes work by more than 30 Scottish artists, runs until Sunday, April 14.