An island filled with creative surprises, Skye provides the perfect home for contemporary artists Ian and Gill Williams – and one which has seen the pair switch from policing to painting.
Originally from North Wales, Ian spent 20 years in the Metropolitan and Thames Valley police forces. In 1996 however, his life was changed when he was attacked in the course of duty, severely injured and forced to retire.
During his recovery, Ian was introduced to making salt dough figurines. He discovered a talent and a passion and enrolled in Fine Art at the Buckinghamshire Collage in High Wycombe, later graduating with a Degree with Honours.
New career underway, a visit to Skye then brought about a new home for Ian and wife and artist Gill, with the Brae Fasach Gallery, and recently Cafe – alongside the neighbouring self-catering accommodation – established at Waternish in 2002; situated next to Skye’s five-star exhibition tannery Skyeskyns.
Ian and Gill exhibit a large range of intriguing works, alongside a selection of fine arts, painting, cards, and photography.
Ian’s works, ranging from paintings and sketches to ceramics, sculptures and his unique visual poetry, emerge from his personality and circumstances,each vibrant and full of emotion.
And this year has seen the launch of Ian’s first three short stories, ‘Driftwood’, ‘Locked in’ and ‘Draw yourself a picture and step in’. All of which are available to download from Amazon.
Ian’s works are complemented by Gill’s pastel paintings and photography, and as well as original works by Gill and Ian, pieces are also available as mounted prints, or on tea towels, ceramic mugs, bags or cushions.
The Williams also offer a commercial service from the Brae Fasach Gallery, incorporating your logo, or image of a special memory, in any of the printing formats.
And with the self-catering next door, the combination of accommodation and gallery make destination for retreats and relaxation.
Brae Fasach Gallery and Cafe are open daily from 11am to 5pm. To find out more, please visit www.ian-williams-skye.co.uk