Evening Express “Artist Nicole Gives Own Take On Canvassing” by Esther Beadle

Prospective voters in the independence referendum have been captured on canvas. North-east artist Nicole Porter began the painting, measuring more than two metres in length, back in September 2012. The former Ellon Academy pupil was delighted to finally unveil the finished artwork at her self-titled gallery.
Nicole, 27, will display the work at her King Street base, but hopes that one day it might be exhibited at Holyrood.
She said: “It would be a dream to see it hang in the Scottish Parliament. It’s a historical painting to capture a moment in time.”
Nicole, who studied in Norway, Paris and New York called on people living near her gallery, close to Pittodrie, to sit for the artwork.
It shows the six locals emerging from polling booths having cast their vote in the September ballot. Among them are Callum McGregor, whose granny lives nearby, next door barber Abdul Suliman, and schoolgirl Selina Pope, who was given art tuition by Nicole for her Higher exams. The mum-to-be is Judith Wallace, a collector of Nicole’s work, while the couple Margaret and Bob Cowe, are Nicole’s next-door neighbours. Nicole said: “I wanted to paint people I knew, because you’re able to get a better sense of them as a person. I’ve used a bit of artistic license by including campaign posters in there, but I wanted it to be clear it was about the referendum, which – no matter which way it goes – is one of the most important things to happen to Scotland.”

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