Beth Robertson Fiddes

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Beth Robertson Fiddes

Beth Robertson Fiddes

Beth Robertson Fiddes graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1995, and in 1997 received the RSA Benno Schotz Award.

She says: "My work has always been based on observation and drawing outdoors is fundamental to my working methods. I try to evoke a sense of character in the landscape, to capture the feeling and essence of the landscape on a more intuitive level. Look for unusual structure in landforms and in coastal areas and often try to emphasise their ambiguous qualities. My work has sometimes been described as having an otherworldly quality to it.  In a sense this partly my objective. A slight sense of a different reality combined with more tangible and recognisable aspects of a landscape. 

Living and working in Ullapool in the West Highlands of Scotland is a rich source of inspiration for me. To the north I have Assynt with its isolated peaks and rugged coastline.  Bays at Achmelvich and Clachtoll often feature in my work. Then onwards to Durness and Smoo cave which has always been a source of fascination. I also frequently make the journey south to The Isle of Skye to make studies of the waterfalls, eroded rock and deep blue crystal clear Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle.

I travel throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to make drawings and collect material to work from back at the studio. Some of my favourite locations to work in at the moment are Harris for its sweeping coastlines and expansive skies. Also Mull and Iona for their wide variety of land and seascape and Rum for its amazing smooth rock formations on the shoreline at Harris Bay."