Musings of a pig lady: Linda McDonald-Brown

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I love what I do for a living and when I look back I never thought for one moment that breeding pigs would eventually lead me to write for a living.

Since I started writing professionally, as opposed to actually offering my services for free, I have come in contact with some interesting and talented people.

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of talent we have in Dumfries and Galloway. Many are hidden in little studios or workshops down country lanes; they don’t shout their talent from the rooftops and, in fact, many don’t have fantastic marketing skills or spend a fortune on advertising. In many cases, they don’t have to: their work speaks for itself.

One such artist invited me to the opening of her exhibition in Moffat last Saturday. I initially met Carol Taylor at the Vintage Fair in Castle Douglas and fell in love with her work. After pigs, art is a subject I could write all day about. I love seascapes and have slowly built up a collection of original local art, many of which have been bought to remember special occasions, or when I have had spare cash. So for me to be invited to see a local artist’s work at a gallery is a treat.

Carol is passionate about all things flora, in particular flowers and plants native to Scotland. An art lecturer for 27 years, she was fortunate to spend a year at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, studying and researching plant specimens, some of which were collected by Darwin himself. She began experimenting by photographing dried flowers such as the corn poppy. Taken under a microscope, the result is a stunning photograph with such depth, it could well in fact have been painted.

It is prints from this and other dried specimens, as well as prints from plants she has grown over the past few years, that are on show for nine weeks at the Art Work Room in the High Street, Moffat.