Nature is at the heart of Simon and Laura's new art exhibition

Nature is at the heart of Simon and Laura's new art exhibition

An illustration by Laura Blackwood

AN exhibition of artwork by Simon and Laura Blackwood is now on display at The Gallery in the Tweeddale Museum, Peebles until Saturday, August 14, writes Andrew Keddie.

Some of the artwork in the show, entitled For the Love of Nature, was shown last year at the Scott Gallery in the Hawick Museum and deemed so popular that another Borders gallery was sought to showcase couples work.

Based at Bedrule, near Hawick, Simon and Laura are well known in the local Borders art scene.

Simon is an established artist with many commissions and exhibitions under his belt.

His large-scale landscape paintings of the Borders and further afield to Turkey, France and the USA portray dazzling light and colour. He also works as a painting conservator from his new purpose built eco-studio near their home.

His wife, Laura, is an illustrator and for the past four years she has been working on a unique project - paintings for a book based on the changing seasons of the Rule Water Valley - the area surrounding their family home.

This book is now complete. Divided into 12 calendar months, there are six paintings for each month with handwritten text and detailed botanical illustrations. A sample selection of these wonderful watercolour illustrations is now on show. Not only are they highly detailed with intricate compositions but of special interest is the fact that they are painted onto ‘antique' Whatman watercolour paper from circa 1911.

Laura's father was a director of the company and wrote several technical books on the subject of papermaking which are also on show in the gallery.

Scottish Borders Council's culture spokesman, councillor Graham Garvie, said: "For the Love of Nature is one of the ‘must see' exhibitions in the Borders this year - a dynamic and refreshing contrast of paintings by two artists inspired by a world they want to preserve for future generations to enjoy."

Opening hours are Monday-Friday 10.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm; Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm. There is no wheelchair access.