For twenty years, Sara MacCulloch has worked in her studio to explore and capture the Nova Scotia landscape in oil paint, while keeping the economy and openness of a sketch. Her new paintings are made up of two series: one is a series of daytime paintings of the cool, almost austere landscape on the Atlantic coast at the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct Park near Port Mouton, and the other is a series of the warm lush summer landscape of the Annapolis Valley in Kingsport on the Minas Basin.
“For the Kingsport paintings I focused on the time between sunset and evening, the views one has as one walks along Longspell road, mostly looking towards the fields and North Mountain, but also towards the Minas Basin. It is the time that the skies go from golden to pink/purple to deep blues, and as the fields are slowly drained of colour.
The beach paintings are in two sets. One is of small paintings of the water and sand, looking out to sea and the thin line of waves one sees there on the pale water. The other is a series of large paintings of coastline- the rocks, dunes and sand of the beach. The subtle shifts in colour between those elements and the sky on an overcast day, as you walk along.
For my work I try to complete paintings in one go- I like the sense of immediacy one can get in one session in the studio,” Sara MacCulloch.
MacCulloch received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1992. There, she particularly benefitted from the critically demanding and inspiring teaching of Gerald Ferguson. She credits him as the single most impactful influence, who enabled her to gain the necessary confidence and belief in her own abilities, and to commit herself to the unforgiving tasks of being a rigorous painter. MacCulloch has exhibited with Studio 21 Fine Art since 1996, and has also shown extensively in Toronto and New York. Her work can be found in many fine public and private collections, such as: the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Sheraton Hotels, Halifax, NS, and Gotlands Kunstmuseum, Gotland, Sweden.