Eagle-eyed visitors to Tatha Gallery this winter may recognise on its walls familiar landmarks from nearby Newport High Street, among them the Fifie chipper and Urban Grocery deli.
Elsewhere, windswept pedestrians struggle along Dundee’s riverside walk in another example of skilled draughtsmanship and keen observation.
Both drawings are by Christy Burdock, a London-based artist showing in the Fife gallery’s current group show Finding The Wonder.
Awarded a prize by Tatha for work in last year’s Society of Scottish Artists’ annual exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Christy visited Newport and Dundee for two days over the summer to create works specifically for the gallery.
Much of the artist’s inspiration comes from communities around Britain, though she was very keen to visit Tayside, Christy explains.
The ever-present river
She says: “When I won the award, other artists explained Tatha was situated in a beautiful area, so I made sure I booked tickets during good weather to get the most of the scenery.
“Wherever I stood, the river was ever-present in people’s lives, either through windows from the street, or through foliage and flowers in their garden. The other thing I noticed was how calm it was, restful and unhurried, in comparison to where I live.”
Finding The Wonder runs at Tatha Gallery until December 22, open Wednesday to Saturday.