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Our First Featured Artists

Anne Campbell and Jon Macleod are artists who live and work on the Atlantic coast of the Isle of Lewis. Anne studied painting at the Edinburgh College of Art and lived in Edinburgh and the Isle of Harris before returning to the village of Bragar, where she was born and brought up.
Jon Macleod is from South East England and studied Fine Art at Cardiff Art College before moving to Lewis.
Anne Campbell and Jon Macleod with their dog Bran, a working collie. This photo was taken at the peats, last midsummer night on the Isle of Lewis.

Both Anne and Jon are deeply involved in the fight to save the Lewis Peatlands from a plan to erect 234 wind turbines and 170km of roads and drains (10 million tonnes of crushed rock and concrete will be used for the foundations and 3-4 million tonnes of peat spoil and slurry dumped over the peatlands)
This is a modern day David and Goliath story, where a small group of islanders are up against the might of Amec Project Investments and British Energy in a battle to save one of the most precious environments in the British Isles:

"The Lewis Peatlands site is predominately made up of a near continuous mantle of blanket bog, liberally dotted with small pools... the site qualifies under Criterion 1 by supporting one of the largest and most intact known areas of blanket bog in the world - "
United Nations RAMSAR Convention

Below are some of their paintings, and more about their life on Lewis, and the battle they are fighting

Anne Campbell and her paintings

geranium by Anne Campbell

I work in oils and mixed media, and also in screenprint, and screenprint and oils. Some of my work can be seen in the Finsbay Gallery, Isle of Harris.
I work from anything that catches my eye - the changing colours of the landscape, patterns of crofts, moor, machair and and shoreline, birds, animals or people passing by. All my work begins with sketches done outdoors in the landscape, either here in Lewis or on travels abroad. I spent a month in India last winter, and have been working on a series of paintings of Indian gardens (or was, before my time got taken with fighting windfarms).

july machair
July machair

I have also recently been working on paintings of details of flowers and vegetation, painted sitting outside - ragged robin, eyebright, lousewort, sundew, broad bean flowers, sphagnum moss, etc.I like to go out with several sketchbooks, pencils, charcoal, watercolours and oil pastels, and do a series of quick drawings and paintings of the landscape/animals/birds/flowers from one spot, then in the studio work on several canvases of a subject, not working from just one sketchbook image but taking elements from several different sketches, trying to capture the feeling of a certain place or time.
early wheatears by anne campbell
Early Wheatears,

We sell our work locally and Jon is currently doing an Arts Residency at Timespan Arts and Heritage Centre in Sutherland. We run a croft, keeping sheep and poultry, growing our own vegetables and soft fruit, and cutting peat for fuel.
We are beginning a project "Lost Names of Bragar" in which we intend to document place names from the local moorland which have never been recorded on a any map, and create an artwork for each. The moorland has been heavily used throughout history, and each feature, however small, is named. Many of these names are now being forgotten, and the current windfarm proposals threaten to destroy the physical features of the landscape as well.
The villages of the north of Lewis are all situated on the coast. The island is treeless and its northern interior is a vast unspoilt moorland, one of the largest intact areas of blanket bog remaining in the world. The island is characterised by expansive views of sea nd sky, and feeling of openness. The  area is extremely rich culturally; it is heartland of the Gaelic language and of a traditional crofting way of life. The edges of the moorland are used for small-scale domestic peat-cutting for fuel, and its interior is scattered with sheilings, small stone huts where people (mainly women and children) lived in the summer months while grazing their cattle in the islands interior. This transhumance has now died out, although sheep are still grazed on the moorland and many people (ourselves included) still use their family sheilings for leisure. There also hundreds of archaeological sites on the moorland.

3 lambs
Three lambs
gate, bragar
Gate, Bragar
spring planting
Spring Planting

Jon MacLeod

In these pieces I am interested in creating an iconic image which is a distillation of the moor.  I am very aware of the past human history of the peatlands, and of the people in antiquity who criss-crossed this landscape before and after the peat grew, naming features to navigate their way around or to commemorate stories, people, etc.

All these paintings are 21cm x 21cm, mixed media on paper


inner moorland alt caim
Inner moorland alt caim
inner moorland mointeach
Inner moorland
inner moorland feada gorm
Innner moorland feada gorm

I gain my inspiration from being in the midst of the moor.  Walking is an important element: to be travelling the way people would have in the past, as the terrain dictates - the pace, the rhythm of walking giving the brain time to ruminate.
jon by peatstack
Jon by the peatstack
inner moorland torradail;
Inner moorland torradail

 Life as it is today for Anne and Jon on the unspoilt Isle of Lewis:

anne and bran
Anne and Bran, at the
from our kitchen window
Mowing, from our kitchen window

lifting potatoes
Machair, lifting potatoes
at the peats
On the moor
in the sheiling
Sheiling, Barvas Moor
sheiling september
Some of our lambs
our house
Our house

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vegetable garden
Spring in the vegetable garden