The Carrick Artists Collective Members

Duncan Stewart

In his studio in Kirkoswald, glass artist Duncan Stewart combines heat, gravity, and time (and glass) to create his pieces of kiln-formed (fused) glass.

Whether working with ordinary "float" glass, or specialist art glass, Duncan enjoys experimenting with new designs and techniques, and looks forward to opening the kiln after a "firing": "It's like Christmas morning".

Duncan's studio, Greendolphins Glass, is regularly open to the public to visit and see the variety of results that can be achieved with kiln-formed glass: view the Greendolphins Glass website or Facebook page to check opening times.

Web: www.greendolphins.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreendolphinsGlass
Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendolphinsglass
Email: theglassroom@greendolphins.com
The Old Schoolhouse, 34 Main Road, Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY

Roddy McKenzie

Born in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Roddy studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1978 to 1982 emrging with a BA (Hons) degree in fine art. Although his initial interest was in painting and drawing, he studied sculpture at Glasgow, returning to painting full time on graduation.

Early in his professional life he studied potraiture but has become increasingly drawn towards landscapes and townscapes. Living by the shore at Croy it is mainly seascapes that occupy his time, as well as occasional art classes and running the gallery/studio with his wife Alison.

Roddy's work has taken him throughout the British Isles, Europe and America, but he has now settled back in rural Ayrshire. Returning to Burns' country has inspired him greatly and he is now producing some of his most innovative and exciting works.

Roddy prefers to paint his seascapes (and landscapes) 'en plein air', usually oil on canvas with brush and knife, a style of work which requires speed and accuracy.

Web: www.electricbraegallery.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/electricbraegallery
Instagram: www.instagram.com/electricbraegallery
Email: electricbraegallery@live.co.uk

Allan McNally

Allan's Studio-Gallery is set in a delightful former church that has been tastefully renovated to provide a light and airy art space. Here in this amazing space, resident artist and studio-gallery owner Allan McNally creates bold, vibrant contemporary paintings of Scottish landscapes, coastal and seascapes. Also, inspired by an art exchange to Tibet in 2006, Allan creates travel scenes of further trips to the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau where he lived with Nomad communities over several trips.

A professional mid-career artist, he sells his art through his own gallery and has previously exhibited over several decades with art galleries around Scotland, London, Lhasa, Dallas in Texas and regularly at art fairs in Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. His work can be found in private and corporate collections in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Portugal and Japan.

Web: www.allanmcnallyfineart.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/allanmcnallyart
Instagram: www.instagram.com/allanmcnallyart
Email: allan@allanmcnallyfineart.co.uk

Vanessa Lawrence

Growing up in South Ayrshire, Vanessa later attended a 9-month program at Lorenzo De Medici School of Art, Florence, in 1993. She later went on to study at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

Predominately a painter for many years, Vanessa has always had a love of sculpture and construction. This love has led her to focus on creating wire sculptures of wildlife as well as the human form, some of which end up being part covered in plaster, then set in plaster, resin or on to wood.

Playing with light and shadow, these sculptures also go on to influence a series of drawings and paintings on a variety of survaces that can be representational or quite abstract. Drawing influence from colours and textures in her environment, Vanessa has a continuous curiosity for experimenting with a variety of media and seeing how they work together.

Returning to Scotland, and more recently to Ayrshire, she continues to make her own artwork as well as teaching drawing and painting from her studio near Minishant.

Web: www.vanessalawrence.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/www.vanessalawrence.co.uk
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vanessalawrenceart

Wendy Bibby

Wendy lives and works in Maybole. She studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

At Glasgow Print Studio, Wendy has experimented with varied forms of print media, from a combination of etching with Carborundum grit, to Carboroundum Collagraphs, silkscreen prints and cyanotypes (an early photographic technique).

The themes of her work tend to relate to the relationship of people and their immediate environment, changes in light and spaces that people find themselves in.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/wendybibby_art
Email: wendyjbibby@gmail.com

Roy Burgoyne

Roy's love affair with clay started back in 1990, when he took night classes held by Auckland Studio Potters in New Zealand.

Working primarily as a thrower, he enjoys exploring vessels in all forms along with all ceramic processes.

Roy studied for a Diploma in Ceramic Art through Otago School of Art and developed an interest in low-fired burnished clay techniques and the use of Terra Sigilatta.

Since returning to Scotland, Roy has been inspired by the wonderful Ayrshire coastline and the River Clyde, where his father, uncles and grandfathers worked to help shape an industrial Scotland.

He finds the juxtaposition of a relatively industrialised area being set amongst the background of the natural beauty of the West of Scotland fascinating and feels drawn to represent that in his work.

Web: www.carrickpottery.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carrickpottery
Instagram: www.instagram.com/roy_burgoyne
Email: roy@carrickpottery.com

Elspeth Guthrie

Elspeth is mainly a self-taught artist with a passion for animals and nature. She has been drawing all her life and, after receiving many requests to draw or paint pets and horses for people, she decided to turn her hobby into a career and became a full-time artist in 2015.

Elspeth has had a lifetime connection to Culzean, having grown up in the nearby village of Kirkoswald. She worked at Culzean as a guide in the castle in her late teens and then returned to take on the co-running of the Coach House Gallery in the Clock Tower Courtyard opposite the castle in 2015.

In 2020, Elspeth helped to set up C.O.A.S.T. Gallery in Troon along with another artist and a local framer. Elspeth's studio is within The Smiddy Gallery at Culzean.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artatthesmiddy

Angus Corbett

Angus works with fused glass to create intricate designs and abstract patterns.

His work incorporates contrast and complex detail that he weaves into his pieces. Designing with a contemporary flair, he brings his own unique perspective to each piece. Balancing blocks of colour to form a base, in juxtaposition with contrasting and often delicately fused accents, Angus is inspired by the world around him, warping into a colourful, complex and radiant form in his glasswork.

Privileged to have won the Prince's Trust Enterprise 'Determined to Succeed' award, Angus has represented Ayrshire young entrepreneurs on more than one occasion.

Web: www.ayeglass.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AyeGlasswork
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ayeglasswork

Caroline Dempsey

Caroline is an artist based in Maybole. Although originating from Art College in Yorkshire, her future should have been as a Graphic Designer, but a restless soul took her away from that and into various other avenues of work whilst always gravitating back to her art, working on commissions and exhibiting.

Over the last three years, Caroline has had the privilege of helping adults gain self-esteem, confidence, and skills in painting. Her workshops are called "Everyone CAN Paint" and some students are now exhibiting and selling their own art work.

The West Coast of Scotland is a favourite place to paint, and Ailsa Craig appears quite often in Caroline's work.

Web: www.carolinedempseyartist.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbycarolinedempsey
Instagram: www.instagram.com/carolinedempseyartist

Merlin Currie

From Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Merlin has enjoyed a varied professional career since graduating in 1980 with a 1st class B.A. Hons in Theatre Design. Painting scenery and making trick panto props for Jimmy Logan led to seven years as Prop-Maker/Scenic Artist with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, allowing the opportunity to also work on many West End, Film and TV productions, culminating in 5 years as Props consultant on 'Les Mis' for Cameron Mackintosh.

Merlin has held many exhibtions around the UK, including at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as South America, displaying a keen observation of people through travels in Brazil, India, Nepal and Thailand, while more playful portraits and character studies were displayed in the Traverse Theare, complementing in the International Children's Festival and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

"My personal style is varied and eclectic, from illustrative sketches, simple portraiture in oils, humourous pen & ink character studies to sculptural structures and graphic stories".

Returning to Scotland to settle in the wee village of Barr in Carrick 20 years ago, Merlin built up a studio and created the "Barr Wee Gallery" to showcase local artists, forming one of the key destinations for the Carrick Art Trail.

Merlin's multiplicity of skills and wide-ranging experience has proven a key asset in utilising versatile and practical props skills and diverse materials to provide creative residencies, workshops, and community engagement projects across Scotland and is currently passing on years of experience working as a Props tutor at the Royal Conservatoire, Scotland.