Marshlands Before The Sea, The Western Isles

Marshlands Before The Sea, The Western Isles

Marshlands Before The Sea, The Western Isles.
47 x 62 cm, - Acrylic on paper

Painting details

  • Dimensions: 47 x 62 cm
  • materials: Acrylic on Hahnemühle paper, framed in Oak with etched glass

Landscape Painting Of The Marshlands Before The Sea, South Uist, The Western Isles

I spent several days on South Uist in The Western Isles where the Machair Plain is constantly evident. These flat marshy grasslands leading up to the coast are scattered with ponds and lochs. Fleeting brightness through the haar. The sea, with very white sand beneath it, appears turquoise.. I return to this subject a few times in different mediums for this exhibition. It is not a place as such but, depicting the essence of this ancient land and it’s astonishing colours in the soft watery light. This version is in acrylic on on Hahnemühle paper.

The land between the mountains and the sea in South Uist is very flat and has the most extensive cultivated machair system in Scotland, extending the whole length of the island and up to 2 km inland. The area is very diverse in physical form and is extremely rich in plant species. It provides a diverse haven for an astonishing variety of wildlife. Up to 45 plant species may be found in one square metre giving it a myriad of rich colours.

The Uists support some of the richest tracts of machair, which is formed when wind-blown sand is deposited onto the naturally peaty soils. Over the years, a combination of the mild, wet climate and non-intensive crofting methods have shaped the machair that we see today. Machair is one of the rarest habitats in Europe, found only in the north and west of Britain and Ireland.