Abigail in her studio

Abigail in her studio

Of all the cities in the world, Abigail McDougall picked Bristol as the city to begin her career as an artist. Her watercolour paintings often reflect her surroundings, with warm depictions of Bristol’s landscapes.

Bristol247 has joined forces with Abigail to bring you one of these. Her painting of Bristol harbour is available at a special rate for readers, with 10% of every purchase going to the travel route charity, Sustrans.

Abigail moved to Bristol straight after she finished college in Falmouth. She lives in Fishponds now, and has immersed herself in Bristol’s artistic community. She works from Jamaica Street Studios, helped to set up and run Nail’s Gallery, and launched her own online gallery, Bristol Contemporary Art.

“Bristol is small enough to make all of the art and creativity accessible, but large enough to have a good amount of people who are really interested,” says Abigail. “It is a city that is very good at drawing creative people into it and retaining them.”

Her work focuses on what she sees around her; watercolour landscapes and cityscapes, with a particular interest in reflections on water. Morning Waters, Towards the SS Great Britain is one of these. It’s a limited edition Giclee print of the original watercolour. To paint it, she woke up early on a frosty winter morning and cycled to Bristol harbourside to capture it at first light.

Cycling is how she often finds inspiration for her work - and explains the charity she’s picked for this offer. “I have chosen Sustrans because I use their cycle routes for my daily commute and for doing research for my paintings.” 10% of all profit from the sales of this print will go to the charity.

You can see more of Abigail’s work at this year’s Bristol Affordable Art Fair in September.

For more information: www.abigailmcdougall.com