Linda Samson is one of the two new arrivals at Skylark Galleries this summer. Linda studied fine art at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1970s and now lives and works in London. We are all happy to welcome her to Skylark.
Linda says: I have known about Skylark galleries for some time and am pleased to be invited to join the group.
I work in a variety of media, from oils, watercolours, mixed media (pens/pastels), etchings and lithographs, to ceramics. Although my work is predominantly figurative, I am much influenced by the landscape and memories of my childhood, spent on the east coast of Scotland: the sea, sky, birds, and moon rising over the water are recurring motifs. I return to Scotland regularly to visit my family and to recharge my creative batteries.
I choose a theme, memory or idea, often using observational drawings as a starting point and then experiment with different media to get the effect or result I want. For example, walking trips in Spain yielded a series of black and white drawings that I later reworked as lithographs, and recent visits to Paris have produced colourful genre work: beggars, street artists, and smokers perched on the steps of the Bon Marché department store. I respond to colour, and my ceramic work tends to be quite decorative and bold in design. Whether it be a canvas, an etching plate or a piece of clay, I see it as a surface on which to draw and paint an image.
I have exhibited regularly in London over the past 10 years and have had several successful solo shows. Examples of recent commissions are a book cover, etchings for a poetry book, a design for a stained-glass window and a large ceramic mural for the medical school at St Georges Hospital in Tooting.
See more of Linda’s work at Skylark 2 at Oxo Tower Wharf, on London’s South Bank. To find out more about her, see www.lindasamson.com