A LEWIS artist has scooped two awards at a prestigious competition and looks forward to the artistic prize-giving in London later this year.
Margaret Ferguson, from Stornoway, took the crown of ‘Professional Artist of the Year’ and also the ‘Portrait and Figure’ prize at this year’s annual SAA – The Society for all artists – Artist of the Year Awards.
“I was very, very surprised to find out, but am pleased and it will be a great chance to go down to London with the family as well,” said Margaret.
No stranger to the competition, Margaret first won an SAA Artist of the Year award in 2007 (Amateur Artist of the Year), as well as the ‘Portrait and Figure’ category in previous years. And the artistic streak obviously runs in the family, with daughter Kathleen Smith taking the ‘Best Junior Portrait’ title last year with her work ‘Self-portrait with Candle’.
Margaret’s winning Professional category entry displays an elderly resident from Harris – a subject which attracts the artist, as Margaret said: “I have completed a few landscapes recently, but what really moves me is portraiture – I’m trying to get a sense of the person rather than just a superficial likeness.”
She continued: “In this one, she was sitting by the fire and the way the light was hitting her was just inspiring.
“I’m keen to do a series of Hebridean faces. I think that generation is one which has been through a lot and they’re faces just tell something in part about belonging to the islands that I find very moving.”
Margaret will be presented with her awards at the annual prize-giving – and competition exhibition – in London in July.
To find out more about Margaret and view her works, visit www.margaretfergusonart.com