Scottish visual artist, illustrator and printmaker juggling motherhood, studio practice, collaborative work, commissions, and never-ending housework...
For 5 years now, I have been keeping daily visual diaries which I post on Facebook and Instagram. My personal work is mostly figurative, mostly monochrome, mostly mixed media, but usually always accidental. By that I mean I do not plan my drawings. I prefer to let my characters evolve out of my tired subconscious, and I never know what will appear on the page. I normally start with the face and work outwards from that, to see where it will take me. I love seeing new narrative characters emerge, some of which are human/ animal/ insect hybrids. While my drawings are random & accidental, the key focus for me is using line to express state of mind and body language (some of my drawings have been described as melancholy). In addition, I sometimes use colour to symbolise emotions and fragility.
My drawings are also based on my collective observations of people and the natural world all around me (my long walks can be a wonderful source of inspiration), or are derived from my emotional memories, past and present. I sometimes also like to experiment with sequential visual narratives and I enjoy the challenges of conveying the story through drawings, mood and colour, without words. I am equally fascinated by the atmospheric sense of place associated with older buildings, and their echoes of past lives. I take a similar approach to my commissions – I look for the emotional and narrative connections and layer these through my work as it evolves to the finished stage.
You can see my latest work on Instagram @mostudioillustration and on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/Morag-Thomson-Merriman-visual-artist-illustrator.