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 then went on to gain a postgraduate diploma in 2000. She has exhibited widely at international fairs and exhibitions including with the Crafts Council at the V & A Museum and 100% Design.

My paintings and drawings are a response to the landscape around me. I am concerned with depicting a sense of place.

My paintings are often painted “en plein air” and from memory and sketches back in the studio. I capture fleeting moments exploring colour, texture and pattern to construct my images.

With an emphasis on craftsmanship, my paintings are often experimental with layers of different mediums. I enjoy the process of making and often prepare my surfaces through gilding and then work with watercolour, oils and wax on top. Layering colours in a similar way that you would apply ceramic glazes and slips.

I love working in soft pastel and find them the perfect medium for exploring atmosphere and place.

Inspiration comes from the world around me. My painting trips locally and further afield feed my images. I find solstice in calm landscapes amongst the bustle of London life, whether it is a seascape with a horizon as far as the eye can see or the beautiful forms and colours inherent in the view in front of me. Through my sculpture and paintings I hope to transport the viewer with me to another place.