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6 Jun 2022

Falkland and beyond

A composite artwork depicting an orchard with Falkland Palace rising beyond. The palace is stitched in brown thread, but the trees are made out of a fine fabric, directly applied to the canvas. The daisies in the foreground are made from white felt stitched onto the canvas, with bright yellow buttons at the centre.
Daisies in the orchard, Falkland Palace by Pat Beveridge
Award-winning artist Pat Beveridge returns to Falkland Palace this year with an exhibition of her work, including paintings of the palace and garden as well as scenes of Fife beyond the palace walls.

Pat is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. Although she had a love of art from her teens, she became a primary school teacher and only took up formal training in her 50s. First, she completed a City & Guilds in Stitched Textiles and then, after retiring from teaching, went on to gain a BA in Combined Studies.

When Pat first started working at Falkland Palace, her intention was to create artworks inspired by both the interiors and exterior, but she soon realised that she was being drawn to the gardens and how the palace sits in them. This interest then extended to the hills and woodlands beyond, through which she has roamed extensively over the past few years.

Her work captures the effect of sunlight and shadows through all the seasons. When painting ‘en plein air’, Pat’s preferred mediums are pen and watercolour or acrylics. In her studio in Glenrothes, she paints with oils. Pat pushes fine art boundaries by also ‘painting’ with repurposed or dyed textiles and stitch. This gives another dimension to the pictures, and they are often further embellished with found objects or a subtle highlight of beads.

Pat is a keen printmaker as well and will have a selection of small original prints for sale, made from weeds and wildflowers gathered locally and from the palace gardens.

Work on show and for sale will range from quite large paintings to small mounted prints. You can find out more about Pat and her work on her website.

The exhibition will be in the Education Room, just along from the shop, from Saturday 23–Sunday 31 July, 11am–4.30pm each day.

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