From the surgery to Joan's studio
A MUCKHART artist is hosting an exhibition to mark the beginning of the Perthshire Open Studios.
Joan Ashcroft will showcase a selection of her wares at the village's Coronation Hall before joining over 180 other talented makers and creators in opening her studio doors to members of the public for nine days.
Joan told the Advertiser, "I'm really excited about it. It's a fantastic event which gives artists and craft makers an opportunity to share their work and the creative process behind it and for visitors to get to know the artists behind work that they find interesting in a very relaxed and informal way."
As reported in the paper previously, Joan gave up a successful medical career to pursue her passion of art.
Having swapped her stethoscope for brushes, the former doctor turns to the natural and rural surroundings of Clackmannanshire for inspiration and endless ideas for her artwork.
She said, "I've painted pictures of the Ochil Hills looking across to Seamab. It's so peaceful up there and even more beautiful than when viewed from Muckhart."
Joan works mainly with acrylic paints and occasionally oils to create contemporary paintings. Her forte is landscapes with dramatic skies, water, woodland and wildlife - alongside animal portraits, including pet, equine and birds of prey.
Joan has painted several unique works specifically for the Open Studios, including Buachaille Etive Mor Sunset.
She said, "I wanted to create a piece with a bit of drama and colour since I really enjoy using vibrant colour in some of my paintings. After visiting Glencoe a few months ago, I was really taken with the natural drama of the Highlands and this was one of the many landscapes in this area that went on to my 'must paint' list."
Joan's opening exhibition will take place on Friday (31 August) at the Coronation Hall in Muckhart, 6-9pm.
During Perthshire Open Studios (1-9 September) you can visit her workshop at Rowanleys, Drumburn Road, Pool of Muckhart; Sat-Sun (10am-5pm), Mon (5-7pm), Wed-Fri (5-7pm), Sat-Sun (10am-5pm).
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 29 Aug 12
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