Westhill woman wins awa-rd for wonderful wild work


A Westhill art student has brushed aside all competitors and claimed a top prize at this year’s Gray’s School of Art Degree Show .

Catherine Ross (22), who is currently studying painting at the art school, was presented with the BP Fine Art Award after the judges were impressed by her work which draws on her fascination with remote places.

She received a specially commissioned trophy alongside a cheque for £500.

Born in the rural town of Yellowknife in northwest Canada before relocating with her family to Scotland, Catherine has found her work over the past two years driven by an attempt to capture the anchored feelings that she has towards her birthplace.

She said: “I think that my work is about the way we wish ourselves away at times - that desire for adventure or to explore places.

“As a child, I wished to venture out into the wilderness, and I still have that instinct as an adult. I have not been back to Yellowknife since infancy, and suspect that is partly the reason for those feelings.”

Catherine, who plans to go on to do a Masters degree after graduating in July, has developed her ideas through the construction of models, paper pieces and paintings simultaneously.

Catherine’s work: ‘For the Washing or the Waves?’ remains on show at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen from June 21 to 28.

For more information, visit www.rgu.ac.uk/degreeshow