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Recent Exhibits

These were the paintings that I exhibited at the Society of Caithness artists exhibition in Thurso recently. Two were sold and the other two are still available.

"Strathy Point Lighthouse", watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

 "Ben Loyal and the Kyle of Tongue", watercolour, 35 x 51 cm

 "The River at Thurso", watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

 "Moored Boat on Loch Calder", watercolour, 25 x 36 cm



Bruce Sherman said…
Hi Keith,

Each painting bears the Tilley hallmarks of impeccably clean design.. accuracy of draughtsmanship and keen and innate sense of color. Love them all Keith... but my favorite is the small fishing skiff. The mood created in that one really echoes an understanding of the subject and its relationship to its user.

Warmest regards!

Keep 'em rollin' Keith!
Keith Tilley said…
Hi Bruce,

Your views are very much in line with mine - the fishing boat is my favourite, and of other people who have seen it. It goes beyond any sense of place, to capture a mood that is timeless. I'm quite glad it didn't sell at the show, really, because I can enjoy it for a bit longer, and use it to inspire me!

All the best,

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