BAILLIE SCOTT TRINITY ACRYLICS ON PINE (WINTER 2013)
Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott was a leading architect and furniture designer of the British Arts & Crafts Movement. His “cheerful” bird designs for furniture inlay and stained glass windows have strongly inspired my own designs. The design for this painting comes directly from a three-panel screen Baillie Scott designed which now resides in the Victoria & Albert Museum. His wife did the embroidery for the screens. My version of the design incorporates all three of his bird & tree designs in one panel. The blue-gray background color is reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest sky in winter. The three trees represent the flowering of spring, the verdant growth of summer, and the ripening fruit of fall. The trees intertwine as one as they move towards the ground. The symbolism could also extend to the Trinity residing in heaven with the semicircle indicating the earth below.