A friendship cast by way of artwork

A friendship forged through art

THE New York skyline is an inspiration to many artists however nearer to residence, it’s the road scenes of Dumfries that fireplace up the creativity of Deborah Copeland and Laura Walker.

The duo stay and work domestically and paint predominantly in acrylic and oils, capturing Dumfries in all its sandstone glory, in addition to portray florals, landscapes and every little thing else in between.

Agency associates, they met by way of a charity choir and when that ended they signed up for a effective artwork course on the school.

Laura stated: “We have been each fascinated by artwork and have at all times been artistic and attended an artwork course to develop our abilities.

“We then discovered family and friends have been asking if our work was on the market. This developed to us organising our artwork enterprise below the umbrella ‘Copeland Walker Artwork’, which at current we primarily run on-line by way of our Fb web page and web site.”

The Grierson store by Laura Walker

They juggle their artwork with jobs at Gracefield Arts Centre for Laura, whereas Deborah is in admin at Calside Main College.

However at any time when they’ve free time, they are often discovered portray.

Laura stated: “We cowl any topic. We discover inspiration throughout us in nature and folks and the attractive space we stay in. There are such a lot of fascinating buildings and such breathtaking surroundings, there may be an countless supply of fabric in Dumfries and Galloway.

“I used to be born and introduced up in Dumfries and am a proud Doonhamer and like to rejoice that in paint.”

This yr’s lockdown was a combined bag for them, Laura defined: “Initially I discovered it very tough to be artistic throughout lockdown, it felt very very similar to a responsible pleasure, however as time wore on I picked up the brushes once more after which couldn’t cease!

“Now we have been surprisingly busy over the summer season utilizing our on-line platforms to advertise our paintings and different merchandise and have interaction with our followers and prospects (once we would usually be out and about at reveals and occasions).

“Now we have missed the interplay with the general public as it is a nice a part of the enjoyable of being Copeland Walker Artwork. We just lately took half within the Dumfries Market Pageant organised by The Guild Dumfries and had an incredible day, fingers crossed we can attend these organized for October and November.”

Buccleuch Road by Deborah Copeland

The pair are about to start out engaged on commissions and busy making Christmas gadgets. They’ve additionally simply accomplished the ultimate native portray for his or her 2021 calendar of Dumfries and native space which shall be accessible quickly.

Regardless of festive occasion cancellations, they nonetheless anticipate to be busy within the run as much as Christmas and have some on-line occasions within the diary.

And as a part of the increasing ‘Leith Collective’ in Edinburgh, they run the store within the metropolis’s Ocean Terminal sooner or later a month.

“It is a collaboration of artists and we’ve been concerned with them for round 4 years,” stated Laura.

It’s one thing they want for themselves sooner or later and he or she added: “In a perfect world we might like to personal slightly artwork café/store of our personal to showcase our paintings and merchandise as we’re very often requested if we’ve premises prospects can go to.”

n Discover Copeland Walker Artwork on Fb or at www.copelandwalkerart.co.uk

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