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By Morven Beattie
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Tricia inspired by home

TRICIA Barna started Falu Studios in 2018 with her partner Andy Philpott. With a background of work in graphic design, after 27 years of living and working in Hungary, she returned to Scotland, having grown up in the local area. Here, the pair took the opportunity to start their own business, which incorporates graphic and web design, framing and original artwork.  Her work has been sold at the Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright, and is available to see both at their home studio outside Dumfries and online, through the rescheduled online Spring Fling which they participated in over the last week. She explained more to Morven Beattie:

How would you describe your work?

My time these days is split between painting, framing, and graphic design work. My passion is painting, and fortunately these days I’ve been able to do quite a bit of it! It is not always easy to juggle all three elements of my work, but it is never boring. I find that the different areas complement each other, keeping each one fresh and interesting.

What materials do you use to create your pieces?

I use acrylic paints, and mostly work on wooden boards that are prepped in gesso. I also sometimes work on stretched canvases.

What is your creative process when you start a piece?

I will start a larger piece after experimenting with small, quick colour or texture studies on paper. Colours and composition will be decided at this point, but my paintings evolve through a layered process. As underlying subtle colours and textures are revealed, I am taken in different directions, and the final result is often unexpected.

What inspires your art?

I am inspired by the countryside of wherever I am, and these days, it’s mostly close to home! The changing light, textures, colours and forms of the surrounding landscape all inspire me. Probably due to my graphic design background, my art is not directly representative – I tend to simplify shapes, colours and textures. Also, my paintings reveal a personal interpretation of what I see, reflected through my own emotional experience.

What is next for you and your work?

I don’t have any big plans – just to keep going, keep experimenting, searching for new inspiration, trying out new techniques and enjoying every day!

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