Elinor shows off her work at exhibition

Local artist, Elinor Grieve with some of her work
Local artist, Elinor Grieve with some of her work

A North-east artist will have her work on display at Peterhead’s new art gallery, Arcaro Arts, until Thursday.

Former primary school teacher, Elinor Grieve, aims to make art enjoyable, affordable and says she paints to make people smile.

Elinor said: “I am nervous to have my work here, I don’t mind teaching but it is different having people look at mypaintings. This exhibition is just a bit of fun.

The subjects of her paintings come very close to home as she explained: “I mostly paint the animals that live around my house. I enjoy painting cows but I’m heartbroken as they have been replaced by sheep and they aren’t as interesting!”

Elinor originally worked as a primary teacher before moving to lecture at college, she said: “I always ended up in art classes explaining why art is important and I did a lot of practical things so it took off from there.

“I have also worked with special needs artists and held art classes in Peterhead and Fraserburgh to keep the teaching going.

Elinor mostly uses pastels and acrylics in her artwork which can take from a couple of hours to a few days to complete.

Elinor said: “It depends on my mood but I love to paint quickly.

“I paint from photographs and try to see the humorous side of the animals for example the hair on cows, they have so much character.

“I stay away from painting people but I can do pet portraits.”

Elinor hopes to bring more people into art as she added: “You don’t have to be wonderful at it, as long as you enjoy it you can do it.”

Elinor’s exhibition will run at the Kirk Street gallery until Thursday, and she will be demonstrating pastel drawing on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.

For more information, see the Arcaro Arts Facebook page or visit www.artbyelinor.com.