Pauline McGee artist

100 Four Letter Words Exhibition, Guernsey Channel Islands

14 January 2020



The exhibition was held on Saturday 4th January at the beautiful St. Martin's Community Centre on Guernsey.

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who bought paintings on the day and those who bought before the exhibition from my studio. It was a great day with family, friends and visitors with 100 paintings SOLD in aid of The Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief. 

As paintings were flying out the door before I even reached Guernsey I decided to produce extra.  There are still some AVAILABLE.

100 Four Letter Words – Complete!

20 November 2019

100 Four Letter Words – Complete!



100 paintings of 100 positive four letter words now complete, packaged and ready to go to Guernsey to raise funds for Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief. Thank you to all my family and wonderful friends who have assisted with encouragement, poetry, words, inspiration and presentation. You are amazing in helping get this all together.

​100 Four Letter Words

03 November 2019

Grow   Land   Bees 

Root  Rust  Leaf  

I am currently producing 100 small art works as a fundraising project for Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief. Money raised from sale of the paintings will all go directly to the charity.  A selection of the work is on the main Paintings page.

The exhibition and sale of work will take place in Guernsey, Chanel Islands, at the beginning of next year.

Those diagnosed with cancer, their family and friends can experience endless feelings of despair and helplessness. We can feel lost for words and actions that offer comfort, meaning and hope leading to spirals of despair and isolation. Four letter swear words of anger are useful at times but can bind us up in negative thinking and further isolation. There are however plenty of four letter words that are positive, bond us and keep us together on this difficult path, four letter words that can inspire, guide us and allow us to pay attention to the whole creative world around us.

Many thanks to all of my family and friends who have been so supportive, encouraging and imaginative in supplying me with words, wonderful poems and ideas that spur me on daily in the studio. You are all amazing! 

Starting new studio work

16 August 2019

Beautiful stretched paper for new work in the studio.


In the studio, new work up and running.


Hopefully results will be shown soon!

Garden days & nights

29 July 2019

Tending the garden has been my art of late. It’s wonderful that on our doorsteps every single day and night nature offers us this abundant, colourful, ever changing and free canvas.




Beautiful Catalonia

07 March 2019




I have just returned from a two week visit to my brother John and sister in law Anna in La Bisbal, Catalonia. Although its still early season there the colours are always stunning so I thought you might enjoy some of the photos.

Their garden is beautiful with so many textures, colours and wonderful objects, like the old well now dominated by an incredible, abundant lemon tree. I really love this garden!

La Bisbal town centre is quite without all the tourists just now so there was plenty of opportunity for wandering and looking. The ceramic industry has been around for many years with plenty of old, tall and elegant brick chimneys to be seen and loads of shops selling wonderful wares. Colour, colour, everywhere!

There is added colour of course from the many flags flying from apartment balconies bearing the Catalonia for Independence emblem.It’s a hive of passionate, political activity and I have great admiration for their cause.

A different kind of studio day

16 January 2019

Which one's witch?

I’m very grateful to my friend George Logan (designer of this website) for sharing his artistry and knowledge of photography and for being patient with my lack of skills with the camera. A day in the studio photographing Assemblages with George gave me a lot to think about and a different slant on how to present my work.

I love my wee Lumix camera but click its button too readily without considering the outcome. Good quality photographs of art work are essential for promoting work but the capabilities of the camera in assisting me with outcomes have been sadly overlooked. George highlighted settings on the camera I hadn’t known existed and made me consider lighting and placement of art for the best outcome. Assemblages, for example, can be difficult as any object creates shadows which can really influence detail, depth and colour.

Normally I take art work outdoors to photograph which is not necessarily best practice, particularly when our weather is an ever changing factor.  So it’s back to basics for me reading the camera manual and attempting to pay as much attention to the photo recording the art work as the work itself.

Thanks George and I hope I find the patience to persevere in developing photography skills.


       Which one's witch?

St. Cyrus – simply inspirational

10 October 2018

Root and rocks, St. Cyrus beach            

An amazing weekend spent at St. Cyrus in the camper van was just what I needed to warm my heart and feed my soul. The beach is one of those truly Scottish beauties with white sand running for miles and at this time of year is relatively empty of people. Staff and volunteers from the nature reserve do a fantastic job in clearing the beach of plastic and other debris so it’s great to appreciate this special place in all its glory while knowing nature is being given its rightful place.

The tides leave behind an abundance of driftwood - an artists dream to prowl amongst. Huge trees have managed to wash themselves up here too and install themselves all along the beach, individually creating beautiful sculptural forms.

Back up over the cliff and driving out of St. Cyrus we came across a beautiful field full of wild flowers in bloom which was just as breathtaking - in a different way.

Needless to say I’m very inspired now and been busy in my studio but cant wait for my next visit, no matter what the weather is doing.

Starting to get finished

04 September 2018

And so to my blog……Yes it has taken a while to get writing but difficulties encountered with current art work created blocks to moving on with anything. It’s the old story of knowing, or not, when a piece of art is complete. 

Witches, Warlocks and words

Solid Heart for Suffering Souls

A few years ago I heard about twelve women and one man who in 1662 were condemned as witches here in my neighbourhood - Drum and Crook of Devon. Lord Moncrieff of Tullibole Castle, where the witch trials had taken place, was creating a woodland maze in commemoration of their lives and following an article published in the local press we began an artistic collaboration.

I knew witch persecutions were rife across Scotland but learning of the horror faced by those accused of witchcraft from the place I now lived struck a personal chord. The witch trials at Tullibole Castle were held across the field from my house and their deaths took place in an unmarked location just down the road.

Interestingly we hear of miscarriages of justice on a daily basis yet Scottish witch trials, if and when discussed, are viewed on a different level as somehow irrelevant to our everyday lives. Perhaps it’s considered history best left untold or that facts are too vague, unsubstantiated and no longer important. Some people are still scared to discuss ‘witches’ as if there will be condemnation or contamination wrought through the mere subject. Recordings of the trials are few and far between. There were no legal definitions of what witchcraft actually was, there was no Justice system as we now know it overseeing trials, communities themselves were often self appointed Judge and Jury, there was no opportunity for self defence and no accounting for the torture inflicted upon accused in order to extract confessions of witchcraft.

Truth is there were no spells and no witches just women living out their lives in horrendously difficult times in a society overseen by men who had power to condone or condemn individual actions. Of course women had disputes, words with one another, shared curses and fall outs but they also had skills and knowledge of herbalism and healing which were called upon and utilised by members of the community. In turn these skills were often used against them when they were named, shamed, condemned and killed often by and within these same communities.

With little actually recorded about the accused there is virtually nothing known about their husbands, children, grand children, many of whom were expected to testify against the accused. For sure even greater hardship would have had to be endured by families following a so called witch’s death. What became of these families and how were their lives thereafter affected? Many generations later do any of these family members still live locally? 

Solid Heart for Suffering Souls

The images are of two women of different ages, representing the spectrum of those accused of witchcraft. They are mixed medium, paper mache and collage mounted on wooden pedestals. Photocopies of documents from local trials were taken from The Annals of Auchterarder and Memorials of Strathearn by Alexander George Reid (1899) and used as the first and last layer of paper mache. The wood for pedestals, plants, herbs and various collage materials were located locally. Names of those who were tried and convicted as witches are incorporated on the side of one of the pedestals. Words by Fife poet Mac Logan on the other.

Moulding the women’s faces was poignant as I turned and twisted them to shape their ears, eyes and mouths. At first I formed them both with eyes open, however I was always imagining the fear, terror and uncertainty they faced and thought the younger woman would choose to block some of it by closing her eyes. The older woman might, I considered, have been more defiant, indignant, enraged but also terrified. What did they see and who was indeed watching them?

Collage allowed me free reign with what might be considered signs and symbols on skin that saw women condemned as witches. In reality any mole, scar, hair, twitch, scratch or bruise seems to have been taken as a sign and there are no human bodies that exist without them. As an indicator this meant finding a witch was easy but torture was also used thereafter to extract her own confession, a no win situation.

Photocopied pages from the trials used as paper mache spread accusations across their faces and in language of the day sound haunting, complex, fearsome and final. Plants and herbs grown locally would have been used by woman for cooking and within potions for healing animals as well as people. Accusations against women indicate these same healing qualities were turned against them when animals and people thereafter became sick or died. Many of these plants can still be found within the neighbourhood and I used them for threading through the hair and at the base of the heads.

Perhaps by remembering the accused they will live on. Crimes committed against so called witches needs to be acknowledged for the shameful and relentless practice it was.

When can an ending be a beginning?

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