New wood engraving: Hirta, St. Kilda

Hirta, St. Kilda by Hilary Paynter

Hilary Paynter’s new wood engraving, Hirta, St. Kilda has been selected for the Society of Wood Engravers’ 80th Annual Exhibition.

Hirta is the largest of the islands forming St. Kilda. The string of cottages in the wild view are called The Street and was a village that was abandoned in the 1930s because life had become too difficult on the remote island.

Hilary explains, “I am always drawn to desolate places and want to understand the underlying geological structure. Much of St. Kilda is volcanic and the steepĀ  sides of the mountains can be seen here sweeping into the small bay.”