Savage, Helen

I was born in Edinburgh and now live in the Scottish Borders.
I began painting in my early forties when I started a painting course at Leith School of Art. Over the next four years I continued at Leith where I developed my practice, experimenting and working with a variety of mediums and subject matters. I joined the Paint-box art school three years ago which enabled me to develop my practice further.
I paint both landscape and still life although more recently have concentrated on the latter. I try and capture “a point in time” in my paintings, using expressive brush marks and oils to create an immediacy. I often use flowers in season picked from my garden and taken directly to a set up, seizing the moment both in terms of the bloom and the light. Glass in the form of bottles or jars provides a reflective element to the composition. It also provides an extra interest in the way it distorts the subject matter. Neutral ceramics and every day objects will complete my compositions.