Christian Small lived and painted in the Scottish Borders village of West Linton for over 60 years. Until now, her work has been virtually unknown beyond her local community. Christian immersed herself in her art, creating a huge body of work – domestic objects, people, and, above all, the local landscape of the Pentland Hills, where she loved to walk. She sold very few of her paintings, often giving them away.
This beautiful volume comprises 108 pages of exquisite art work in full colour. Photographed by Jim Pratt, and designed by Simon Fraser, it includes a biographical introduction by the writer Gerda Stevenson. Gerda is a close friend of the artist’s daughter. It also includes photos of Christian and her family from different periods of her long life. Woven in and out of the paintings are poems by Gerda, and Christian’s thoughts in prose as imagined with poignant eloquence by her daughter Jenny Alldridge.
About the Author
Christian Small lived and painted in the Scottish Borders village of West Linton for over 60 years. She was born in 1925 in Dundee, growing up in the shadows of two world wars. The legacies impacted on Christian and her family. After graduating in chemistry at the University of St. Andrews, she applied for a job, but when the company discovered that she was a woman, she received a letter of rejection, stating “We regret your sex.” Christian married, had five children, and divorced. Like many women of her generation, she didn’t seek employment again until her children had grown up. Christian immersed herself in art. She sold very few of her paintings, often giving them away, storing many in her children’s old cot in the bedroom of her tiny cottage.