Orla's work looks to connect people to nature: Inspired by the importance of creative play, exploration and positivity that both her artistic process and being in the outdoors share.
Hello there! My name is Orla and I am a multidisciplinary Scottish artist, illustrator and visual designer.
My work looks to connect people to nature: Inspired by the importance of creative play, exploration, improvisation and positivity that both my artistic process and being in the outdoors share.
Inspiration is found in nature and observing moments of everyday, which is documented through sketchbooks. I'm influenced by abstract expressionism, mid-century print design, folk art, storytelling, quilting, music and daily life. My work explores themes of connection, play and positivity which is shared through bold colour and many layers of physical or digital mixed media.
Musicality, rhythm, improvisation and harmony are important considerations in my practice, especially in abstract works. Patterns from the landscape, walking, music or field recordings are heard or seen and feature through work as textures, repeating marks, shapes and motifs.
I hold a BA with Honours from Edinburgh College of Art in Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. Work is held in public and private collections worldwide, and exhibited in galleries across Europe. I frequently create bespoke artworks commissioned for private and public spaces and projects.
In addition to fine art, you'll find me working on;
Print & Pattern Design
Public Art Installation
Teaching & Course Design
To say hello, work together, or commission artwork, please get in touch through the contact form below!
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