After painting a soft, sedate rose as a gift for an English relative I felt driven to create an artwork that expressed the vibrancy of Scotland. It seemed natural to start with a thistle.
The prickly thistle has been Scotland’s national emblem for centuries with its motto being “Nemo me impune lacessit”, “None Touch Me with Impunity”. This humble weed is brave, bold and beautiful. It’s a symbol of protection, a tough plant that survives and thrives in harsh conditions.
My initial sketches didn’t quite communicate the message I was looking for, but I kept drawing. Soon I incorporated the word ‘Freedom’ into the stalks and leaves and I was excited. With my imagination sparked, I quickly sketched many more words. This kick started a fresh approach to my work and led me to create this collection.
I aim to bring to life the human traits and emotions associated with the word through the shapes and gestures of the thistles. Each artwork is designed to be quirky, cheeky and positive. I hope they make you smile and brighten your walls with a delightful reminder of Scotland.