Anna takes a unique look at the Scottish landscape

A LEVEN artist has came back to her roots for her first ever Fife exhibition.

Anna Geissler, (21), is exhibiting her work, which focuses mainly on natural landscapes of the Highlands and Fife countryside, at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews until November 14.

Her abstract paintings are displayed throughout the foyer, restaurant and upper gallery of the building.

Miss Geissler, a former student at Buckhaven High before graduating with a degree in painting at Edinburgh College of Art, told the Mail: “This is the first time I have had an exhibition close to my hometown and it means a lot to be able to take my paintings to Fife, after all it’s where it all started for me.

“I have always enjoyed art, from when I was a young child making things out of cardboard boxes until now when I work with a range of different media always experimenting and challenging myself as an artist.”

Miss Geissler, who has since returned from the Capital and now lives on Adamson Terrace, will also be displaying a selection of pinhole photographs alongside her bold and striking work.

She continued: “I am fascinated by the idea of the landscape and how it’s so frequently painted in a conventional and recognisable form. My work is based mainly around experimenting with the materials I use and the ways in which they react with one and other.

“The memories of days gone by stay strong and clear in my mind and when I think of those places and begin to paint it results in very abstract forms and bold colours.”

“I believe there is something very special about having to wait for things to happen in my work – whether it’s the anticipation of a developing photograph or the overnight wait for my blended painting materials to dry.

“If I could describe my work in short it would be a study of light, nature and process combined.”

After her stint at the Byre, Miss Geissler, plans to travel to Jaipur in India to do volunteer community work for six weeks before continuing to paint and exhibit further.