Exhibition is a shore thing

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Devorgilla Gallery is celebrating Dumfries & Galloway’s huge coastline with an exhibition of paintings and prints called Seven Solway Shores.

The works are by Kirkcudbright artist and picture framer Jacqui Ringrose, and are on show until July 29.

Jacqui, who has run Kirkcudbright Picture Framers for the past 10 years, started painting five years ago but began taking it seriously when her youngest child started school last year. While largely self-taught, Jacqui’s artistic development has been guided by many different professional Scottish artists, through discussion and thorough study of their work. The 15 oil paintings and seven limited edition prints mark Jacqui’s first solo exhibition.

She said: “Our beautiful Solway shorelines are extremely diverse and change enormously even within a few miles of each other. They all have their own unique characteristics and are all very distinctive.

“Shores are a wonderful thing to paint as they are in a constant state of change. Combining the changing shores with our ever changing skies means that there is always something new to see, even within in the space of an hour. These paintings reflect my mental image of the shore they depict, for example in my mind it is always sunny in Kippford and stormy at Carrick. I would find it very difficult to paint Kippford on a stormy day or Carrick with glorious blue skies.”

Seven Solway Shores is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm. For more information on the artist visit www.devorgillagallery.co.uk.