Roddy Clenaghan is a Scottish Painter, living and working on the beautiful Isle of Bute on the West Coast of Scotland.
He studied Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee – briefly under the tutorship of Scottish Landscape Painter James Morrison – before moving to Napier College, Edinburgh to graduate with a design degree.
The Isle of Bute is where his maternal Grandmother was born in 1897 and, having visited the island regularly since he was a small child, it is easy to see how the Western Isles of Scotland have heavily influenced his painting.
After living and working as a designer in Buckinghamshire, England for many years, he moved back to Bute permanently in September 2022 and, purely by coincidence, bought his house from fellow painter and Castle Gallery exhibitor, Jim Wylie.
"I think there was an element of fate involved in that!"
Roddy has a unique understanding and appreciation of the Scottish landscape, especially the vast and ever-changing skies and coastal areas around his home on the Western Isles; that constantly hold his interest; that catch his imagination and that he endeavours to capture in whichever style, colour scheme, mood or medium suits him at the time.
His style is firmly rooted in Scotland, taking influences from the Victorian landscape painters, the Scottish Colourists, the Glasgow Boys (and girls), along with a plethora of contemporary artists.
However, his own work is unique, with an understanding of colour, composition and attention to detail that is instantly recognisable.
"Arran from Bute"
Oil on Canvas
30cm x 40cm Approx (Picture)
43cm x 53cm Approx (Framed)
My introduction to photography and Rothesay both started around my 8th birthday.
That year my mother and father gave me a Kodak Brownie 127 roll film camera for my birthday. The only thing missing was the 127 roll film. I was presented with a wee box, film, at the end of the following week, on Clydebank ‘Fair’ Friday and told that we were going on holiday to an exotic sounding place – Rothesay.
The very next day two things happened. I began my life long love affair with Rothesay and photography. My mother gave me an endless lesson on how to work the camera and take photographs. She carefully put the strap around my neck and I took my first ever photograph, my new Clark’s sandals bought for going on holiday.
This turned out to be the best photograph on the whole roll.
Sadly I grew up. My love affairs with photography and Rothesay have never diminished in the slightest. I have since been privileged to use more sophisticated, and expensive, cameras to photograph Bute but with no noticeable improvement in image quality.
When I retired from the Police I decided to improve my rather limited knowledge of computing. I was able to achieve a BSc in Computing Science from Strathclyde University. I have used my limited knowledge to design and create an extremely simple photographic program. This, unintentionally, managed me to obtain something like the results I had been unable to obtain thus far in my life. I was astonished.
I later achieved an NC Photography certificate. I combined this acquired understanding into my computer program, often with horrendous results. That eventually led me to where I am today.
An artist friend suggested that I try and not connect my work to any artistic ability. She suggested the term ‘Computer Generated Artwork’. She said that all the work had been done by the computer and I have adopted this description wholeheartedly.
I always look forward to returning to Bute.
When there my vivid imagination enables me to hear loved ones who are no longer here. They are always laughing, I feel safe and happy in my Utopia. We all love Bute.
I hope that you, and they, like my prints .
Ettrick Bay Towards Arran, Isle of Bute
58cm x 17cm Approx
I call it “coastal treasure” - beautiful pieces of sea glass and pottery, that have tumbled in the seas of the West Coast of Scotland, and are turned into pictures you can treasure.
I am now retired but have always enjoyed crafting and designing in one way or another and always keen to try something new.
I have spent all my life walking along the shores of the Cowal Peninsula and beach combing.
Then one day in 2015 I picked up a piece of sea glass, decided it looked like a bird , thought I’d try and make something from it, and the rest is history!
I have gone on to create many different designs using the sea glass, shells, driftwood and pebbles and turn them into keepsakes, including bespoke pieces, and I sell at craft fairs, shops and galleries.
I now have quite a collection of sea glass and when I create my artwork, most of the time is taken up looking for the correct shapes to suit that particular picture. I search for the tiniest pieces to suit the picture and even the birds beaks are little yellow shells smashed up. I then have to find a small enough piece in the shape of a beak!
I continue to be inspired by different shapes, colours and beach treasures.
I have been painting for some twenty five years, working for many galleries and making strong bonds with fellow artists and gallery owners.
I feel privileged and fulfilled on this journey taken.
I worked from my gallery in Langholm, Dumfriesshire for many years taking part in the region’s Spring Fling Event (open studios).
I exhibited widely in the region and also in Cumbria. My first love was to exhibit in the Artists’ Town of Kirkcudbright where I exhibited in the High Street Gallery and have had numerous solo exhibitions at the Tolbooth Gallery. It was a joy to meet people there and to talk about and demonstrate the art of pastel painting to enthusiasts.
I relocated to Bute where I continue to paint. I live in the beautiful village of Kilchattan and have a wee cottage on the beach which is a constant source of inspiration!
I love the flow of natural patterns whether it be in wave ,sand, rock or sky. I work my pastels layer upon later building pattern, texture and colour with each application, creating movement and natural flowing shape as I go!
I have tutored for many years both in Dumfriesshire and Bute. My group met every week at Mount Stuart and my ladies produced some fine work at a grand exhibition there. One to remember! I was so pleased for them.
I love painting and people. My partner David helps me with a wee bit of promotion. He has produced a face book page for me “Anne Donald Artist”. It will give you some insight into my painting and work.
I currently exhibit at the Seagull Gallery, Gourock- The Stable Gallery, Inverary - The Juno Gallery, Dunoon- and have been invited back to the Tolbooth, Kirkcudbright.
I am delighted to return to The Castle Gallery and it feels so special to represent your own island!
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope that I can inspire you.
"Sunset over Water"
23cm x 31cm Approx (Picture)
38cm x 45cm Approx (Framed)
Born in 1961 in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, a graduate from the Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics.
Since the age of 10, he has been interested in all forms of artistic creativity. He has studied the artistic techniques of various masters.
Constantly improving his skills, researching the directions of painting by artists of different disciplines. He paints pictures in the styles of realism and impressionism.
He works with oil paints and acrylics, using various techniques to apply the paint to the canvas.
From 2012, he had been successfully developing a family business in the city of Kyiv. In February 2022, the war forced him to leave his home, so now Volodymyr lives and works as an artist in exile living in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.
"Canada Hill View, Spring"
Acrylic on Canvas
43cm x 54cm Approx Framed