Gillian Murray was born in Perth, Scotland in 1970. She studied Fine Art (Printmaking) at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating in 1993.
After a move to Edinburgh she became an employee at Edinburgh Printmakers in 1996 where she currently runs the screenprinting department. This involves working on print projects with a host of local, national and international artists as well as teaching courses in screenprinting and collagraphs.
‘I am fascinated by landscape from the textures and colours to its form and composition. When I am drawing the landscape, especially in more remote areas, I feel incredibly content when I observe and record everything before me. Recording it so that I can keep its memory with me. Whether it is an invigorating blustery day or one of utter stillness and astounding light, I want to capture the moment and the serenity I felt there and take it home with me. Encountering raw, elemental and often beautiful landscapes and documenting their ever changing character is what draws me away from the city where I live and work. The absence of people in my prints reflects a need to escape the ‘clutter’ of the city and the busyness of my thoughts. I find the experience of drawing outdoors restorative and I hope this feeling is conveyed to the viewer when they look at my prints.”