Ocean scenes: Above, Masterworks’ artist in residence Melissa Wishart’s work with water and light will be on display at the gallery. *Image supplied
Ocean scenes: Above, Masterworks’ artist in residence Melissa Wishart’s work with water and light will be on display at the gallery. *Image supplied

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8: The “magic” of Bermuda is to be captured by Masterworks new artist in resident Melissa Wishart.

The oil painter is giving a slide show at the gallery today about her return to the island where she was born in 1964 and will also be giving a series of workshops.

In her slideshow, she will discuss the light and sea which are two major themes she aims to use as a focus of her work. She will also look at other artistic influences and will show some of her paintings from her home town in the UK. She will finish by discussing her Bermuda story and memories of her childhood here.

Wishart left Bermuda at the age of seven and has now returned for the first time in 18 years. When she came back she spent her first day painting Tobacco Bay on location and then went swimming there. She says that as an oil painter, her love of light, water and life as a subject matter is enhanced by her choice of medium.

A Masterworks spokeswoman said: “Like many of the Masterworks Artists in Residence, Melissa was struck by the colour and light in Bermuda, and how it would be translated on her palette and into her works. Melissa takes her time to establish a connection with each piece that she works on, and therefore finds that working from life, or plein air can often be most the most rewarding when the observation is direct. While in Bermuda, Melissa will not only have beautiful new landscapes, and exquisite scenery to capture with her oil paints, she will also have the opportunity to continue her experimental techniques with different surfaces and textures found around the island.”

She will be holding a slideshow and discussion from 5:30pm to 7pm to discuss her work and her plans for her time in Bermuda. Doors open at 5:30pm for a 6pm start. Tickets for members are $10 and $15 for non members. Soup and sandwiches will be served.

Her oil painting workshops will be held in September while her work is on display. The show runs from September 14 until 29 with artwork available for purchase.