‘Fortress’ by Neil Macdonald
33 x 59 cm, oil on panel, unframed
I am drawn to locations which exert historic and mythic presence. I am particularly engaged with Scottish history and the evidence of its previous peoples.
I explore the lyrical narrative of natural sites and strong bold shapes offered by castles, churches, old
townships and harbours. I do this through distortion of perspective, invention and editing, aiming to
capture an essence of the structure or place. In some pieces topographic accuracy is replaced by an
imaginative response to the subject.
I enjoy applying each layer upon layer of paint. Slowly I strive for a coherent statement as the image
emerges, revealing the subject’s unique sense and poetry of place.