Commissioning the Painting
There was never any question in my mind whom I should ask to paint the picture. Francis Boag. I have a vibrant painting at home by Francis which conveys such a positive sense of optimism, touched with mystery. Terroir is mysterious. We might try, but we cannot fully understand the layering of geology, geography, climate – a millefeuille that is terroir.
Francis uses layering; A collage technique to add depth and intrigue to his composition. His style are an impression, an interpretation of reality, just as terroir is an expression of solid and abstract – from the limestone bedrock to the influence of politics, history and culture on the vineyards of Burgundy.
And so I asked Francis to create an impression of a Burgundian village surrounded by vineyards.
I felt certain Francis would capture my sense of excitement in my winemaking adventure. It’s a bold venture for me, dramatically expressed in the vivid palate he has used.
Francis Boag on the commission
Francis and I are planning some events together in Scotland linking art and wine. For more information, sign up and join the mailing list. On 10th May the Fraser Gallery in St Andrews are hosting an art and wine event where Francis and I shall be presenting paintings and wine. For an invitation, please contact The Fraser Gallery 01334 479647.