Cowe’s vision of the Borders to go on show at Dawyck

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An exhibition of paintings by the late landscape architect Bill Cowe has opened at Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Stobo.

Reminisces, by Bill Cowe, who died in March last year, reflects the artist’s love for his native environment and features a collection of his favourite paintings.

Mainly self-taught, Bill, who lived in Peebles, preferred oils but the long drying time proved restrictive, so Bill instead used acrylics for quick painting, building up depth and perspective using watercolour-type washes before adding brushwork detail.

Bill’s formative years were spent on a paraffin-lit Borders farm worked by Clydesdale horses, between the Lauder Moor and Galawater.

As a young man, his passion for the natural world and countryside grew as he trekked, cycled and camped his way around Scotland and Europe.

The exhibition at The Studio will run until Sunday, July 31. Admission to the show, which opens at 10am daily, is free.