Show brightens up winter

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To brighten up the dark days at the end of January, Designs Gallery in Castle Douglas is hosting an exhibition of vibrant paintings by local artist, Amy Winstanley.

Her abstract landscapes and botanical shapes and forms are full of life and colour, and will be a welcome introduction to spring.

Amy graduated in 2005 from the Edinburgh College of Art and has worked in studios in Glasgow, Edinburgh and East Lothian.

During her degree course she experimented in three-dimensional forms, but found her strengths lay in drawing. Working in mixed media with paint, a natural progression to painting occurred. She has since exhibited her work throughout Scotland.

“My paintings are strongly based on forms, textures, colours and line found within the natural world, but are interpreted through my emotional response and experience of it. I am primarily concerned with its complexity and beauty,” said Amy.

Amy decided to return to Dumfries and Galloway in 2011 and is now based at Wasps Studios in Kirkcudbright. Many people will recognise her painting as she has taken part in the Spring Fling Open Studios event in the region over the past three years, showing her work at the Gracefield in Dumfries.

The exhibition runs until March 9, and is open 9.30-5.30 Monday to Saturday.