A SCOTS artist has been commissioned by St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh to create its 2023 Christmas card.
The long-lasting Edinburgh cathedral, the place Queen Elizabeth II lay in state after her demise in September final yr, has lengthy been a muse for artist, Gill Bertram.
Gill is thrilled to have been given this particular fee on the again of a earlier piece of labor that includes the long-lasting landmark.
Gill Bertram is an Aberdeen-born, Edinburgh-based, artist who works in several mediums.
She holds a BA Hons diploma in Design from Grey’s Faculty of Artwork, Robert Gordon College.
She describes her model as “in fixed improvement” and enjoys experimenting with layering paper and paint results.
She goals to seize the ‘joie de vivre’ (pleasure of life) of Edinburgh by way of energetic and natural mark making.
Gill’s journey as an artist started in a really completely different setting, that of the gaming world, the place she received a BAFTA.
Gill, 49, has lived and labored in Edinburgh for over 20 years and is continually impressed by Scotland’s capital.
Gill defined: “A while in the past, I created a picture of St Giles’ Cathedral utilizing my distinctive model of working, which includes layering ripped paper, water color paints, oil pastels and tremendous liner pens.
“I aimed to seize the historic grandeur and ornate great thing about the cathedral, and I offered the completed art work privately.
“I then approached the St Giles’ Cathedral store with a view to promoting my playing cards and prints from the unique illustration and was very happy after they mentioned they’d like to inventory my design, together with different designs in my Edinburgh assortment that I had proven them.
“My designs have offered properly of their store for over a yr, and I used to be delighted when, on the again of that, they requested me to design their Christmas card for this yr.
“By including a Christmas tree and lights in my very own combined media model, my intention was to create a tree that complimented the structure.
“I made just a few different tweaks to the unique design, and I’m actually happy with the result and thrilled to have finished it.
“I hope will probably be a route for my art work to make its manner throughout the globe.”
She mentioned: “I take all of my inspiration from the majestic structure of Edinburgh.
“I really feel blessed to be surrounded by such vibrant buildings, and I hope I painting their vitality in my art work – I’m continuously drawn to the distinct color palettes and stonework.”
“I’ve labored on many diversified platforms and titles within the pc video games business, and I received a BAFTA in 2000 with Consideration To Element for his or her Sydney 2000 recreation.
“Extra lately, I labored on Grand Theft Auto titles with Rockstar North in Edinburgh.
“I even have certainly one of my anatomical sketches within the everlasting assortment at The Anatomical Museum at Edinburgh College.”