Artist on File: Linda Cavill - Applied Artist
This month Clare Kendal Bate visited Scottish born artist Linda Cavill at her St Albans home and studio.
Having seen Linda’s art on line I was already keen to find out how she achieved the look of her work and why she chose her subjects. Linda likes to work from images taken in the places she has visited around the world. She says: ‘I always take an abundance of photos for ideas, as my paintings are all about capturing memories, as well as colours, light and atmosphere. I am particularly interested in buildings, whether they are in cities, towns or coastal villages ’ I was intrigued by her methods of applying torn thin tissue paper, building up multiple layers of collage and then using a roller with acrylic ink to achieve tiers of texture and block colouring. Linda then paints in the detail; not with a traditional approach, but by using the edge of cut pieces of card.
A piece called ‘Crossing the Thames’ caught my eye, as it evoked lovely memories of a 19 year old me commuting over the river to Fleet Street by bus. The painting perfectly captures the glorious sight of London from its bridges. I also admired the other two works in this series of London vistas which are called ‘Low Tide’ and ‘Summer in the City’. The latter painting was entered into a TFL competition about a different take on City views and was hung in the Bankside Gallery in London.
Linda was born just outside Glasgow and took her degree in textile design at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels, which is part of Edinburgh’s Herriot Watt University. She then took a Post Graduate course in textile printing. ‘The course was industrially based for people working in the business commercially.’
After leaving University, Linda moved down to Windsor to work for Ladybird as a textile print designer. She then lived in Watford and was working for a printing company in Letchworth who specialised in motif printing on fabric for companies such as Marks & Spencer. Linda is currently a freelance textile print designer with clients worldwide and her designs are used on products such as kitchenware and fabrics. ‘When I started my career I drew by hand but eventually computer design took over and I didn’t enjoy that quite so much. That’s when I decided to take up painting and experimented with using oils and everything else! It takes a long time to realise what works for you’.
I really like the perspective and colours in these two works; ‘The Clock Tower St Albans’ and the vibrant ‘Burano’, which is an island in the Venetian lagoon visited last year.
Linda has also created some lovely works of her native Scotland. On a walking holiday in Fife she painted scenes of these two villages, ‘Culross’, on the Firth of Forth and the harbour at ‘Cellardyke’ in the East Neuk of Fife. However, Linda tells me that ‘Edinburgh is absolutely my favourite place and topic’ and I thought that ‘Grassmarket’ and ‘The Playfair Steps’ summed up the wonderful architecture and sophisticated atmosphere of the city.
Exhibitions and competitions:
Last year Linda entered the St Albans Art Society Summer Art Exhibition and received a ‘highly commended’ for her ‘St Albans Abbey in the Snow’.
Linda’s work has been shown in many places, but most recently at the Longwick Art exhibition, Princes Risborough, in February. She also participated in the Artists and Makers Fair at the Glass House in Waddesdon in May.
Her work can currently be seen in the Courtyard Cafe in St Albans. Other upcoming events are:
14-16 June 2013 - Music at St John`s, Open Exhibition St John`s Church, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
19-27 July 2013 - St Albans Art Society, Summer Exhibition, Old Town Hall, St Albans
20-21 July 2013 - Art at No14, Masonic Hall, 14 High Street, Thame
7 Sept-5 October 2013 - A new exhibition at the Courtyard Gallery by The Courtyard Artists
I very much enjoyed looking at Linda’s creations and if you are interested in seeing her work go along to any of the above events or contact her on: 01727 853967 / email@example.com
By CLARE KENDAL BATE