Morag Thomson Merriman, Home

Scottish contemporary artist

My statement

I am a Scottish contemporary landscape artist based in Edinburgh.

I paint from remembered landscapes and the feelings and imprints they have left on me, sometimes carrying them in memory for many years. I am fascinated by our ever-evolving connection to cherished, familiar landscapes and the accumulative layering that is ‘place’.

My work is small in scale, an intuitive response to how memory is overlaid with more recent experiences of loss and absence, something shifting within and outwith the landscape. I manipulate my surfaces with mixed media and tape to create subtle, richly textured surfaces and edges.


I allow sections of the landscape to fade, as memory can, with little definition, using soft muted colours. This is offset by a sense of presence and solidity elsewhere, thanks to the textural layered brushwork and strength of colour.

My intention overall is to achieve a sense of stillness and quietness, to invite the viewer to linger, to embrace slow looking and allow this serenity to seep in.

Image (top): Strata of Being, mixed media landscape memory, 14 x 9.5cm, 2021.