Work available through Argyll gallery

Last weekend, I took the stunning drive to the other side of Scotland to meet Robbie, the owner of Tignabruaich Gallery in Argyll.

And what a drive! Passing great trees, through tiny villages full of stone cottages, up and then down mountains and right along the edge of Loch Lommand. And then I arrived in Tignabruaich, a very pretty seaside village on Argyll’s ‘Secret Coast’ with views of the Isle of Bute. 

It was great to chat to Robbie, who has wonderful ideas as a gallerist, in particular his idea of ‘Art. The Experience’. I took his approach to art as very similar to my own; he values the traditional but wants to challenge it. He is taking me on as one of Tignabruaich Gallery’s artists and I am looking forward to developing a relationship with the gallery, as well as the village itself. 

I’ve come home with photos for a new series about Tignabruaich, but for now the gallery have taken five of my paintings into their stock, which are all below. 

More info at http://www.tiggallery.com/

Dundee - Tignabruaich

Tignabruaich Viewpoint

Tentsmuir Forrest (Green)

Tentsmuir Forrest (Yellow)

Violet Light

Hospital Gown Billy

Oil Slump


‘Crow Head’ in group exhibition

It is so glorious to look at a painting and realise it is finished. To know that you managed to invent something that you like and that all that frustration is over. 

But the best feeling of all is that moment when another human being decides that they want to be part of that something you invented. 

‘Crow Head’ is currently on display at House For An Art Lover’s latest exhibition ‘Identity Through Landscape’. 

The exhibition features artists whose work is either about the landscape, or is created in response to the landscape. My painting ‘Crow Head’ is about intuition, guidance and having a relationship with nature. The crow on the figure’s head is a reference to ‘spirit guides’ in Shamanism and the triangles represent all that pulls us in life. This is simply what it means to me at this moment in time. I hope other people are able to read into it using their own language. 

‘Crow Head’ hangs in a stunning building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which sits within Bellahouston Park on the outskirts of Glasgow. 

The exhibition runs until 8th August. I hope you are able to pop by.


Is it important what I paint?

I bought an aloe vera plant last week and put it next to the window in my bedroom. Every morning since, I have woken up and gazed at its thick, juicy spikes. It is now part of my life, which is why I am painting it. 

I have painted trees, faces, mountains, strangers in the distance and even the odd still life, like the aloe vera plant I’m painting now. I’m not finished yet, but I can already see it’s a ‘Nicola Wiltshire’ painting. I have painted the aloe vera like I would paint a face, or even a forrest scene.

The aloe vera is painted on a woven pattern from The Fabric Mill in Dundee. It kind of reminds me of something you’d find in an old Scottish castle, which is slightly odd when forced into harmony with a tropical plant and lashings of bright blue. It is roughly 100 x 60 cm and painted in oils. More updates on my instagram page @dundee_painter

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