Lizzie Rose’s art is rooted in the Romantic Tradition – the realisation of the enormity of the natural world and the importance of its existence: Nature not seen as a backdrop to a human drama, but as an instructing power which has a massive hold over our lives and of which we are a small part.
After graduating, in 1995, with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Newcastle University she was always on a trajectory to get back to the West coast of Scotland. It is there that she finds her energy and her inspiration. Ben Cruachan was her horizon as she grew up on the side of Loch Awe, near Portsonachan. It is an image imprinted on her soul, and a mountain she revisits often. From Ardfern, where she has settled, there seems a direct link between the Paps of Jura and the peaks of Cruachan – both iconic and instilled with a rugged fame.
The research for her work comes through a physical engagement with the land. She hill runs, was part of Oban Mountain Rescue Team, adventure-raced and generally spends as much time outside and immersed in the wild as possible. Often her work is not a portrait but a response: feelings felt, air breathed, space and freedom found, energy experienced.