Hebridean Sands, The Western Isles.

HEBRIDEAN SANDS. Oil on canvas. 120 x 120 cm?
120 x 120 cm - Oil on canvas

Painting details

  • Dimensions: 120 x 120 cm
  • Materials: Oil on canvas.

Landscape Painting of Hebridean Sands in The Western isles, Scotland.

The Beaches on the West coast of The Outer Hebrides in Scotland are largely made up of crushed shells blown in by Atlantic gales. These create huge areas of white sand completely exposed at low tide. “Hebridean Sands, The Western isles” is a painting attempting to capture my emotional response to being on the vast, flat beaches with a low golden light bursting through the storm clouds. I went to these Islands prior to my Exhibition “The Light Between” at The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh in 2020.

The Outer Hebrides is extraordinary archipelago of ancient lands. The islands that make up Uist are joined by stretches of sand that you could walk across at low tide. They are Scotland’s most westerly islands and, being there feels like being on the edge of the World. There is nothing but sea between them and Canada. The ceaseless pounding by the Atlantic waves forms these incredible white sand shell beaches.

This painting of Hebridean beaches was made after my exhibition at The Fine Art Society. My work hasn’t stopped being stimulated by these fascinating islands. I wanted to make something less geographical place based and more an emotional response of the sense of space and drama of being on the huge spaces of sand on the west coast of the Islands.