I am inspired by the human form; capturing the flowing lines and layers of muscles, tendons, and skin, recreating and enhancing skin tones; capturing and suggesting emotions through body language.
Reflection is a self-portrait and an ode to resilience; memories and future aspirations are captured in brushstrokes. My story is enhanced with symbolism; a single magpie necklace, a paintbrush in my hand, the other across my chest, butterflies tattooed on my wrist and The Willow Pattern on my dress. I look directly out of the canvas - but not at the viewer, I am looking at myself, my reflection.
All images ©Kelly-Anne Cairns
Other work outside the Scottish Portrait Awards