TamsinHaggis

Fine art cards, prints, and original paintings

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Last updated on 06 Jan, 2022

I've recently uploaded a large number of new cards and original paintings. CHECK BACK REGULARLY, as new paintings are currently being added every week or so.
FREE POSTAGE on all additional cards after the first one.
GIFT IDEA: The cards become a beautiful and original present if you put them into a standard small photo frame.
For other work not featured here, or to contact me directly, visit tamsinhaggis.com

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About TamsinHaggis

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I originally trained as a visual artist, but had no idea then what kind of art I wanted to make. For twenty years or so I lived in Italy, India, Japan, Australia, and the UK; drawing, teaching English, studying Indian Art and philosophy, and eventually becoming an Adult Education lecturer here in Scotland. I gave all that up in 2009 to return to painting full time.

As improvisations, my paintings are usually unplanned, most often made directly with pen and ink onto paper without a preliminary pencil drawing. This means that I have to commit to whatever happens, as I can't rub out or paint over. I can't paint over because I use very thin layers of acrylic paint, generally using the white of the paper rather than mixing white with colours, more like a watercolour technique.​ Things arrange themselves as they go along, according to their inclinations rather than mine. In this way, my subject matter has evolved and is understood retrospectively, rather than being intentionally created.

From originally being a celebration of the miracle of life, what's emerging now seems to be an attempt to bear witness to the threatened beauty of the planet that hosts us, with a stress on the equality of all life forms. And an attempt to bear witness to the beauty of some aspects at least of human history and culture, which is also now under threat as never before.

Human-made artefacts, often depicting birds and animals, turn up frequently. These are from a time when other living creatures were seen as powerful allies, even gods, and were the means or recipients of the ritual activity which was required to secure safe passage for humans on the earth.

In one sense, the paintings look straight into the eyes of all that's being squandered and lost as a result of our brutal and uncaring consumption. But they also try to sing about and contribute to the fragile beauty of our resilient, incredible world.

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    I'm a full time artist, seeking a way to use art to explore my sense of the undivided nature of humans and the natural world, gasping at the beauty of everything in which we have our being.

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Last updated on 12 May, 2016

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