Artist Statement


Bessie Millar is an artist living and working in London. She graduated with a first class degree from Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded a scholarship to gain a postgraduate diploma. She has exhibited widely at international fairs, exhibitions, public and commercial galleries including with the Crafts Council at the V&A Museum. Most recent exhibitions include “Drawing from the Heart” The Gallery, Holt and “Beyond the Frame” at Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham.

My paintings begin from drawings and memories gathered whilst in the landscape.

I capture fleeting moments exploring light, colour, texture and pattern to construct my images.

Inspiration comes from the world around me. My painting trips locally and further afield feed my images. I find solace in the landscape amongst the bustle of London life, whether it’s a seascape with a horizon as far as the eye can see or the beautiful forms and colours inherent in the views in front of me. I hope to transport the viewer with me to another place.

In my most recent body of work “The Edge of Days” I have been trying to capture the energy present in the views before me and evoke memories in the viewer of a sense of fleeting time and place.

This work is a very personal response to the environment. Working predominately through the filter of memory and sketches made “en plein air” I have created expressive landscapes that capture a moment of drama. That moment when as the light fades, the sky illuminates in the most incredible and unbelievable colours leaving spectators in awe and disbelief at the light show before them. These ever changing fleeting colour moments are my inspiration.

Within my paintings light and dark interplay to form pathways through my painted landscapes. Paths created both by human footsteps and nature itself. These pathways are a recurrent theme within my work. I am fascinated by fleeting viewpoints and time. That sense of energy and connection that enables us to stand where others once stood and feel linked to the landscape and views before us.