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Artist in the Spotlight - Christine Scheuerl

By SPP Reporter

Christine Scheuerl out and about painting with her canine companions.
Christine Scheuerl out and about painting with her canine companions.

Christine Scheuerl, who has lived near Latheronwheel for six years, opens up about her work and inspirations.

Occupation / what medium do you work in?

I paint in oils, watercolour and pastels but I prefer oils.

How did you become an artist (maybe you always have been) / are you self-taught or have you studied in a particular field?

As a teenager I used to paint but I started painting in watercolour about nine years ago. When I moved to Caithness, Karyn Fraser got me kick-started in oils – she was very helpful and has become a good friend.

Have you exhibited your work / where?

I have exhibited in Auchenblae, at Rattray Art Festival, Dunkeld Art Festival and locally in Latheron, Watten, Golspie, Thurso and in the Flow Country Arts exhibition in Halkirk and the Norseman (Wick).

Buttercups and Daisies (watercolour).
Buttercups and Daisies (watercolour).

What inspires / motivates you?

My inspiration comes from what I see around me, especially the big Caithness skies, coastline and harbours. Throughout the Flow Country area there are scores of abandoned crofts just waiting to be painted. I do a lot of walking throughout the county, always carrying my camera. The light can change by the minute. Capturing that moment in time is what it’s all about for me.

Are there common themes in your work / what are they?

My favourite subjects are landscapes, seascapes, trees, especially birches, and now my grandchildren.

Sunset, Mallaig Harbour (oils).
Sunset, Mallaig Harbour (oils).

Who is your favourite artist and why?

My favourite artists are Hazel Cashmore, Alan Hayman, Peter Goodfellow and, of course, the Glasgow Boys, especially FCB Cadell, not forgetting my old classmate, Willie Fulton. I could go on and on. There are so many. I like going to the galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Just like I did when I was a kid in Glasgow, I’d wander around for hours. So inspiring!

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight for me was the first time I exhibited and sold all five. They were landscape watercolours.

What are your hopes for the future?

To continue painting and experimenting in different mediums and subjects and always trying to improve.

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