By Roz Macaskill
It's 10% off if you can spot the pawprint incorporated into every painting, jokes Duncan Currie, owner of the Sandbank Studio in Broadford.
“Bonnie, my cat, spends most of her time in the studio with me and seems to be magnetically attracted to paper,” he laughs.
Duncan and Bonnie can often be found at the studio, where Duncan is inspired every day by the view from his window. Looking out towards the Isle of Pabay, Duncan's studio boasts beautiful and ever-changing scenery.
Sandbank Studio is also ideally located next to Duncan's home – allowing him to carry out caring duties for his mother, Hazel.
Duncan says: “My mum is in a lot of pain. It can be distressing seeing her body letting her down. But we have a wee laugh together and she likes to keep her brain active. Our favourite thing is watching cop shows and each trying to crack the mystery before the other!”
Hazel has long supported Duncan in his passion for art, encouraging him to attend art school. “She has a few of my paintings. I have to hide paintings of the mountain, Marsco, from her as she would fill the walls with them if she could,” laughs Duncan.
Looking after Hazel means Duncan has to be flexible with his work.
“Caring for Mum isn't onerous – it just takes time,” he says. “I find it difficult to immediately switch from caring mode back to artistic mode. But the main thing that is affected is I'm not able to get out fishing as much as I was. Most of my source material came from fishing. I find fishing and painting let me just switch off and all the stresses and strains are gone.”
As well as being good therapy for Duncan, his art often touches the emotions of other people. “I had a girl buy a print of Glen Sligachan and she was crying as she bought it,” relates Duncan. “She said the painting brought back memories of walking with her father. It was such an amazing response to my painting.”
Duncan and Bonnie aim to be at the Sandbank Studio every day from 11am to 6pm in the summer and 12pm to 6pm in the winter. “I might be out of the studio with Mum, from time to time, but anyone who visits will find a welcoming cup of tea and some banter,” promises Duncan.