For the coming season, change is crucial. As artists, we need to endeavour to be part of that change and give up the safety of the studio. This November and December finds Garter moving her paintings from one wall to another. Gusto and Relish is a very well established and beloved café in Strathbungo, Glasgow. It’s known for honest to goodness delicious breakfasts and brunches, great coffee and an atmosphere conducive to kicking back with ease. And at the heart of it, is an enthusiastic owner, who loves art. You’ll probably find Garter there until the Hogmanay bells are striking, cooried doon with a wee cup of something good.
Should we ever find ourselves without artists, we will be the poorer for it. We’re a testament to the skill of creating distractions from the complicated, layered world we live in. We observe and present the conundrums of the human condition. And we love it, with all its challenges. My paintings are a balance between striving for beauty and reaching towards reality. I use the process of painting to gain a better understanding of what life brings. It’s my thinking place. Sometimes, it just keeps me company. In my paintings you will find love, sorrow and hope, in no particular order. It’s so important that I put these works into the public domain, to give them a conclusion, and to take me on to the next ones. If you find yourself in Gusto, I recommend their potato scone roll with black pudding x
See Garter’s show Saturday 5 November–Friday 30 December 2022 at Gusto and Relish, 729–731 Pollokshaws Road. Open 9:30am–5pm each day.