Julian Mason has been visiting Scotland since he was a child and as a full time painter he now spends months away at a time, painting the places that inspire him most; Glen Coe and Glen Etive, Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Skye, and Iona are just a few of these places. There are very few contemporary landscape painters who venture out in all weathers and insist on painting en plein air but the results are truly worth it. There is a feeling of really being there within Julian’s work, a quality that emerges through his quiet and dedicated study of the landscape around him and his sense that he is privileged to be a part of it.
Julian’s painting practice is dictated by the weather and the changing light; it demands a hardiness, and a readiness for both adventure and adversity. Materials wise, Julian uses oils for their vibrancy, pliability and resilience in damp, drizzle, ice and snow.
Click here for a video of Julian talking about his work and the challenges of working outdoors.