Local artist Lisa Brundretts has travelled the world, but it’s her contemporary North-east landscapes that are attracting attention…

Painting on metal has a long history, with Rembrandt, El Greco, and Brueghel all using copper in place of canvas. Now Drumoak’s Lisa Brundretts is carrying the tradition forwards with her fresh studies of local landscapes painted on aluminium or steel.

‘I guess my paintings have been influenced by the many places I’ve lived. I was born in Cornwall, where the coastline and light are spectacular. The varied coastal scenery inspired me to sketch and paint while studying at school.

‘When we married, my husband and I embarked on a journey round the world before moving to Drumoak, where we started a family. We lived in Stavanger in Norway for a couple of years and that’s where I first began to paint seriously. The fjords and mountainous landscapes proved endlessly inspiring.

‘The next stop on our adventure was Oman – a stark contrast to Norway, which sparked my interest in photography.

‘In 2001, I took the opportunity to study at Gray’s School of Art where I developed my current style. I experimented with a variety of materials before discovering brushed aluminium and stainless steel.  Working in oils and inks gives my work a clean, modern feel producing pieces that are perhaps more in tune with a contemporary home.

‘I exhibited at the North East Open Studios event, and was thrilled when nearly all my work was sold. In some pieces I incorporated quotes or excerpts from poems, triggering some touching emotions amongst those who came to see my work.

‘I’m a member of the Stonehaven Art Club and Upper Deeside Art Society and regularly show at their group exhibitions. My work can also be seen at Touched by Scotland in Oyne and I can arrange home viewings of my latest collection or discuss commissions’.

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