Leora Armstrong’s spare, vibrant paintings are inspired by the memories of her childhood growing up on the remote Isle of Islay, off the western coast of Scotland. She translates these raw, empty landscapes into fields of space and light, with a subtle edge forming when the sky and land meet. Rather than being literal depictions of hills and sea and sky, her paintings are evocative of the feeling of being in a still, deeply remote place, humbled by its enormity.
The combination of many almost-translucent layers of paint and the texture of brushstrokes give the seemingly flat expanses of color an unexpected depth. Colors change unpredictably as Armstrong paints, expressing the randomness of nature that she is constantly grappling with as she searches for a hue seen only for a fleeting moment. She often returns to Scotland where she continues to find inspiration in the lonely, quiet landscape: “When recently walking in Islay, I felt ‘my’ line again, walking the hilltops, the familiar margin I usually see and paint, safe in the knowledge that this ancient line is still defining the landscape.”
Leora Armstrong grew up on the Isle of Islay, in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland and received a B.A. Hons from Chelsea School of Art, London. She currently lives in northwestern Connecticut.