Emer Beattie is an Irish artist living and working in the Scottish Highlands.
I realise that I am a very lucky woman. I have painted at home for many years and my lovely friends have been encouraging me for almost as long to start selling my work......so last year I finally did what I was told for once!
Growing up in the Irish countryside and ending up in the Scottish Highlands has obviously influenced my work. I am surrounded by nature and find inspiration in the smallest little scenes. I paint in watercolours for several reasons - it's what I grew up with, I love the immediacy of the results and I regularly have strict time constraints!
I love visiting cities but I also love getting back to the green openness of the country. Often I feel like sketching in a city - never painting - and vice versa in the country, so maybe some of my future work on this site will reflect that. But at the moment I can't seem to get away from wild flowers and trees!
My mother and brother are artists, and all my life I have been surrounded by music, art and painting. I tease my mother that we had paint-flavoured dinners as children, so I suppose you could say it's in my blood!
With regard to my work, I usually paint in watercolours on either handmade cotton rag paper or heavy 200-300lb watercolour paper. However some of the works available at the moment have been painted on Daler Rowney 140lb Rough Watercolour paper.
My work is reproduced in conjunction with Lighthouse Photographics in Glasgow, who produce the highest quality digital images of art. Complimenting the fine art photography service is their wide format Giclée print facility within the studio providing total control over colour balance of all editions. The prints produced are printed on beautiful Hahnemuhle rough textured 310gsm paper so I am very happy with the quality of the end product.
I hope to be adding more prints and cards in the near future so please keep checking in! If you have any questions or queries for me please feel free to contact me.