Pendle Art Studio
Pendle Art studio is located at their loch side home at Fearnan on the north side of Loch Tay. It is the perfect place to find inspiration for their art. They are hoping to build an art gallery at their home in Pier View, Fearnan so they can open to the public and share their art work.
Hilary was born in Corbridge Northumberland and attended school in Bridlington Yorkshire. She moved to Dundee where she qualified as a dentist at Dundee Dental Hospital in 1973.
After working for the school dental service in Arbroath for several years she became a General Dental Practitioner in Dundee. As her family grew up she took on her own Dental Practice in Downfield Dundee.
Art has always been an important part of her life and she has attended several evening classes within the Dundee area including Forgan Art Centre, Graham Street College and Duncan of Jordonston, although she was first influenced at a very early age by her mother who was an art teacher.
Now that Hilary has retired she has time to concentrate on her art. Most of her paintings are oil and acrylic although she very much enjoys pastel drawing
Her subject matter is varied from portraits to traditional landscapes. She is particularly drawn to trees and the effect of reflections on water. One of her projects has been to capture the colour and texture of rust. She also enjoys portrait painting and completed a series of pastel portraits of musicians who regularly performed at Fortingall Hotel.
Doug and Hilary have recently moved to Fearnan by Aberfeldy. Their home is situated on the loch side of Loch Tay where the surrounding countryside gives plenty of new resources
Dougie was born in 1949 in the tenements of Clark Street Renfrew. He left school at 15 to start a 5 year apprenticeship as a gardener at the Botanical Gardens in Glasgow. He then took up nursing at the Berwick upon Tweed Infirmary.
Later he moved to Hexham and became a gardening instructor for mencap but went back into nursing as a senior care officer. At this time Dougie found his music was taking off and had the opportunity to become a professional musician. He moved to Egypt and the Gulf. Here he found his talent for sand sculpting.
When he arrived back in this country he appeared on Pebble Mill at One with Andy Craig where he created a sand sculpture in the studio. This was the start of Mr Sandman.
Dougie returned to Northumberland and became involved with the Rainbow Trust where he cared for terminally ill children for several years. Here he also sand sculpted at festivals raising money for the Trust.
In 2000 Dougie travelled to America and in San Diego he created many sand sculptures and was featured on four different American TV channels, even the weather forecast!
When Dougie returned to Scotland he went back into the caring profession. He also studied hypnosis adding another string to his bow. After becoming ill he started painting as his therapy. He now paints in many styles and is still looking to find his favourite subject matter. He likes poster art and surreal imaginative paintings, still life and figurative painting.
Dougie still plays music with his wife Hilary. They both paint together regularly and he is always on the lookout for some sand to sculpt.