Hay’s Ancrum return for art showcase

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Yetholm artist David Hay has launched his latest exhibition in the Woodside Walled Garden in Ancrum.

The display runs until May 31 and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

A graduate from the School of Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 1970, Hay’s tutors included William Gillies, Robin Philipson, John Houston and Elizabeth Blackadder.

He then served for nearly 40 years in education, the majority of which was spent as principal teacher at Kelso High School from 1978 until his retirement in 2008.

During his teaching career he also served as a Scottish Qualifications Authority examiner, a regional trainer for art and design in schools across the Borders and a subject advisor to the General Teaching Council.

And seven years ago he became a professional member of Visual Arts Scotland.

Hay has exhibited his work across Scotland and the north of England, including Flat Cat in Lauder, High Street Gallery in Kirkcudbright, Smokehouse in Eyemouth and Chatton and Bamburgh galleries in north Northumberland.

Hay said: “My paintings relate mostly to the local landscape, but also travel and places remembered.

“Sources are environmental, natural or built, and often beautiful, but sometimes disturbing and threatening.

“Atmosphere and the effect of changing light on the mood of my subjects are of great interest to me.

“I use a water-based underpainting then work and rework the painting with glazes of colour until the image becomes established.”

Woodside Walled Garden previously hosted an exhibition by David Hay two years ago.