MK Thomson is a figurative painter from the northwest of Scotland. She is currently studying fine art in Dundee. She can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and her website. You can find her piece ‘Converge’ in Epoch Issue 4, Transitions.
Transitions’ is such an evocative theme, what compelled you to submit for this issue?
I paint people, portraits, and the human body. Transitions are such an important and everyday part of being human. We are constantly evolving physically and emotionally. For me, Transitions captured a big part of what it is to be human.
Do you have a routine for creating art?
I begin by drawing from life, these are often quick and rough. From there I work from both drawings and photographs to build up my paintings. I spend a lot of time looking, stepping away from my work, turning it on its side, anything to not lose sight of what I am making. Also, I like to be working on more than one piece at once.
What is most challenging and most rewarding about turning real life into art?
The most challenging part is continually keeping at it, working through failures. As well as remembering to enjoy successes and not immediately losing sight of them after they have happened. The most rewarding part is having an outlet, a means to communicate and translate emotions that seemingly cannot be articulated.
What is song is on repeat for you right now?
Body – Mother Mother