Gillian Murray

Winner of Inspired by... 2006Inspired by... Winner 2006 Gillian Murray - OptimismGillian Murray with Peter Graham's A Spate in the Highlands

Optimism (watercolour, silk paint and wax crayon on paper)

Inspired by...  Peter Graham's A Spate in the Highlands, 1911

"I really like the excitement of stormy days and this painting is full of movement, energy and foreboding – but behind the trees there is light. I find this focal point optimistic as if there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I tried various techniques, mediums and colours before my final picture evolved. I limited the colours I used which I think produces a more dramatic effect.

Visiting Manchester Art Gallery has made me see how artists express their individual feelings, thoughts and emotions through their work. Each artist is speaking to us and it can mean different things to each of us.

Adult education has allowed me to learn and explore different techniques, but most of all it has given me confidence and enjoyment. It has been a liberating experience.”

Gillian Murray attended classes at Christie Hospital Art Room and Cheadle Hulme Art Group.