Anna King is a landscape painter from the Scottish Borders. She studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 2005 with a sell-out degree show. In 2007 she won the inaugural Jolomo Lloyds TSB Landscape Award and the Anna Miller Scholarship. She lives and works in Peebleshire and exhibits with selected galleries throughout the UK. You can see samples of her work here: www.anna-king.com.
Briefly outline what your business/organisation is: I’m an artist. My paintings explore the no-man’s land of landscape art, the places we pass by but rarely notice – like derelict factories, wastelands or empty car parks.
How long have you lived/worked/visited in The Scottish Borders?: My family moved to Yetholm when I was five, so I grew up here. I moved away to go to art college but came back and settled in the Borders about 7 years ago.
What is it about the Borders that appeals to you?: I like the space
What’s your favourite Borders beauty spot?: Stichill Waterfall, near Kelso.
Tell us about your favourite view/walk/cycle route/town/nightspot?: The view from the top of Hume Castle. I got married there so it has a special significance
The list of places to visit is endless. But some are more special than others. A trip to the Borders wouldn’t be complete without . . .: A visit to the Concrete Garden in Brampton. Surreal but wonderful and very sweet.
Why is locally produced Borders food the best?: Because it makes sense to support your local producers, for both ecological and economic reasons. And it tastes good!
Do you have a preferred place to eat out in the Borders and why?: The Allanton Inn near Duns, really delicious locally sourced food.
Coast or country, and specifically which part? Country – Peebleshire.
Your favourite market town and why? Peebles, because I’ve just moved close by!
Your favourite historical site? Hermatige Castle, Newcastleton.
And the best road to take a leisurely and scenic drive along? I don’t see driving as a leisure pursuit! I like the road over Hownam Moor.
What would be your perfect day out in The Scottish Borders? A tandem ride to St Mary’s Loch with my husband for a picnic and a swim.
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