My name is Carrie Sanderson and I am an artist, writer and birdwatcher based in East Lothian, Scotland.
Born and brought up in The Netherlands, I consider myself a blend of English and Dutch. After living in a few different countries, I was finally drawn to the Scottish landscape and moved to Scotland in 2014. I now live with my partner in a lovely village in the East Lothian countryside.
Inspired by the beauty of birds, landscape and the weather, my work explores light, space and the essence of the landscape around me and the presence of birds within it. Colour is an important part of my practice, acting as an emotive, sensory response to the outer landscape, as well as the joy and delight of birdwatching that is evoked within.
I spend time walking in nature, along the sea or across land, taking a sketchbook with me to capture what I see and feel. I am a passionate birdwatcher, and I am constantly observing birds’ behaviour, patterns of flight as well as interactions with each other in the landscape, in different types of weather, seasons and at different tide times at the coast, for example.
In my studio I develop my sketches and drawings into paintings, often starting with preparing my surfaces using a variety of mixed media processes. Spending time mixing and considering colour is vital to my practice, and often acts as the springboard for a new piece of work. Allowing colour to have a voice, juxtaposed by the layers created in these initial stages, allows me to work in an emotive and intuitive fashion.
More recently I have been using a combination of drawing materials, mark-making and printmaking processes to create monochromatic drawings to capture the feeling of being immersed in the landscape watching birds and wildlife.
Concerned with how my practice impacts the environment, I am conscious about the materials and processes I use and am always looking for ways to minimise my impact. I have switched to using recycled cartridge paper, upcycling old paintings, reusing materials, and reducing and recycling plastic among other things.
Additionally I pledge to donate a percentage of my income to charities, projects and/or initiatives that protect, restore, and help nature thrive.
If you would like to get in touch, then please visit my Contact page. I look forward to hearing from you!
2020 – 2022
Professional Development Course, Paintbox School of Art, Cockenzie, Scotland
2019 – 2020
Landscape Course, Paintbox School of Art, Cockenzie, Scotland
2018 – 2019
Drawing Course, Paintbox School of Art, Cockenzie, Scotland
June 2nd 2023 for 8 weeks
Group Exhibition at Whitekirk Hill, North Berwick, EH39 5PR, Scotland
July 1st – July 3rd 2022
Group Exhibition “SURFACE” at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland
Opening Night Thursday June 30th 2022 from 6pm till 8pm
December 6th 2021 – January 10th 2022
Christmas Group Show at Art & Vintage Café, Edinburgh, Scotland
December 3rd – 5th 2021
Paintbox Open Studios, Cockenzie House and Gardens, Cockenzie, Scotland
June 24th 2021
SOLSTICE Exhibition, Paintbox School of Art Professional Development
Online until September 2021
November 20th – December 4th 2020
Rock Trust “Untold” Postcard Art Exhibition And Auction – Online Only
October 24th 2020 – April 2nd 2021
Winter Song Exhibition at Coast Gallery, Dunbar, Scotland
June 21st – 23rd June 2019
Paintbox Exhibition at Cockenzie House and Gardens, Cockenzie, Scotland
May 31st – 14th June 2019
Rock Trust “Home Is Where The Art Is” Postcard Art Exhibition And Auction at St Mary’s Cathedral West End, Edinburgh
2017 – 2018
December 1st – 15th January 2018
Christmas Exhibition Group Show at The Image Collective, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
June 23rd – July 14th 2017
Rock Trust Postcard Art Exhibition And Auction at Summerhall, Edinburgh
July 1st – July 31st 2016
Paintbox Group Exhibition at The Riccio Gallery, Dalkeith, Scotland
December 18th – December 19th 2015
Christmas Exhibition at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
August 18th – September 15th 2015
Group Art Exhibition at Galerie Art by Mar, Wassenaar, The Netherlands
July 24th 2015
Summer School Exhibition at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland