Scots Gaelic meaning The Edge of the Land, Oir Na Tìre is pronounced Oar-na-chee-ra.
Inspired by a dreich day on the Isle of Eigg, on a misty beach overlooking Rhùm, Oir na Tìre is a four colour two block reduction linocut.
I wanted to create that feeling of being enclosed by the weather, but with the certain knowledge that there is much more concealed within the mist.
Oir na Tìre almost didn’t make it; I got three layers into the reduction when I realised that I didn’t know how to proceed. Devastated, I put the work in progress away for a few weeks, and worked on other projects. Having given myself enough time and space to think through the conundrum, I returned to the print, and managed to complete it by cutting a second block to produce the final layer.