Cara Mckinnon Crawford is one of Scotland’s most established artists. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, her bold, but sensitive mastery of oil paint result in beautiful interpretations of some of the country’s most iconic land and seascape.
Cara travels the length and breadth of the country to lesser known corners, from Dunnet Head in the far North, Wester and Easter Ross, Ardnamurchan and many of the Scottish islands; Colonsay, Jura, Mull, Gigha, Islay, Iona and Skye to name but a few. Cara searches for unique and individual compositions, which in turn lead to the dramatic and atmospheric paintings, with which she is associated. Glasgow and Edinburgh, including other Scottish cities and the flora and fauna that Cara encounters on her travels, also become her inspiration.
The old master’s style of traditional training was Cara’s introduction to the world of professional painting at Glasgow’s School of Art, preceded by a childhood immersed within an artistic upbringing in the Highlands of Scotland.
Her passion, consummate handling of oil paint, interpretation of colour and light and a natural gift for structure is demonstrated admirably by her extensive subject matter, composition, and mercurial body of work.
Cara’s passion for her art epitomises her heritage of the Scottish Colourists, yet she paints with sensitivity and honesty, this is not painting to a formula. It is painting from the heart – painting with passion.
To invest in the work of Cara Mckinnon Crawford is a journey of possession.
To intuitive spontaneity and an honest interpretation of light and colour.
This, spawning from no more than a small selection of primary pigments, subtlety and sensitively seen, then built and applied slowly, finishing to a depth of oil paint and textured colour, measured in years.