Mairi Clark began her career as a painter after studying at Chelsea College and Central St Martins School of Art in London, where she gained a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. Since graduating, she has exhibited extensively throughout Scotland and the UK. Her influences are William Turner, Van Gogh and Joan Eardley, whilst her gestural mark making suggests an affinity with the methods of the Abstract Impressionists.
Many of Mairi’s evocative paintings are inspired by the Scottish coastline, particularly the East Neuk of Fife. The ever changing interplay between sea, sky and landscape affect colour and mood and this is evident in her work. Using mainly oil paint for its rich, deep and subtle qualities, she scratches into the surface creating textural effects. Her passion is obvious in the energetic application of colliding layers of paint. The technique emphasises the atmosphere and changing weather conditions.
Mairi’s use of a wild and vibrant tapestry of colour and light ensures her abstract works have a real “sense of place” by reflecting her love of the Scottish sea and landscape.
“It is very important to me to capture a free and energetic mood in my work”.