Prestigous award for Inverurie artist

Susie Hunt with her award winning painting.
Susie Hunt with her award winning painting.

Inverurie artist Susie Hunt has won the £300 McGill Duncan Gallery Award at the 134th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour which opened at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh on Thursday (January 15).

Susie graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2007 and is the founder of the annual North East Open Studios event and exhibits in Scotland and London.

Talking about her award winning painting ‘Light meets Night’ she said “It’s a combination of memory and present. A fireworks night when I was about 10 years old, out with my father. The moon rose up from behind the hills like an extraordinary honey coloured lozenge. It was at the same time thrilling and scary, my first viewing of such rising and never forgotten. The darkness of night and woodlands arouse fear in some, where as others feel safe while cloaked and in the dark or within a woodland sanctuary. The painting is one of a series toying with that duality. It’s a gentle theme really; my affection for the shape and nature of trees is in much of my work, landscape and people, day and night.”

The exhibition is open until January 31, 2015 and features over 400 new paintings by over 200 leading and emerging Scottish artists.