This Life: Georgina McMaster

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The wildlife and nature of rural Aberdeenshire provide ideal inspiration for this Scottish painter

Georgina McMaster is beaming as she opens the door of her Aber­deenshire cottage. Not only is the artist prepar­ing for an important solo show at Bearsden’s Lemond Gallery, she is also expecting her first child in the new year. She’s nesting; the whole house has been redecorated and she’s busy trying to get as many canvases as possible ready before these two very important deadlines. “I would normally work crazy hours,” explains Georgina, who moved here three years ago, “but at the moment, I’m so tired, I have to stop earlier in the evening to rest.”
Her story is a young artist’s dream. After juggling painting and teaching for as long as she could, she gave up the latter three years ago to focus full-time on her art. Despite enjoying massive popularity – her instantly recognisable paintings are held in private collections all over the world and she has a strong fan-base at home in Scotland built up over the last decade – her career as a professional artist still feels like it’s in its infancy. She cites two events as the catalyst that propelled her from would-be painter to bona fide professional artist: she was included in the 2007 RGI First-Time Exhibitor show, where she won the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Award, following this up a year later with the David Cargill Award. “Winning those prizes was invaluable in getting my name out there and having galleries ask to exhibit and sell my work.”
Georgina’s work is typically Scottish yet at the same time singularly unique. While she has painted portraits of people, her subject matter of choice is always animals; as such, rural Aberdeenshire, surrounded by wildlife, is the ideal base for her. “I’ve drawn and painted for as long as I can remember,” she says. “My gran was an artist. She used to pick us up from school and was always getting us to make things.” Her sisters are also creative: Jo runs an artisan bakery and catering business, while Sally, who also studied fine art drawing and painting, now works as a florist in their home town of Kilmacolm, in Renfrewshire. “My mum was a qualified florist and although she had no formal art training, she has always had a great eye for design, interiors and colour. I sometimes try to get her to draw. I think she could have been an artist – she’s got it but it just maybe passed her by.”

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DETAILS

Photography Neale Smith
Art Direction Gillian Welsh
Words Catherine Coyle

EVENT

35 Paintings – The Georgina McMaster Solo Show 2016

Saturday 3rd September to Sunday 11th September 2016
Details of paintings are listed on here
Open 11.00am to 5.00pm
at The Lemond Gallery
4 Thorn Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 4PP
0141 942 4683
www.lemondgallery.com