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John Rowland

Dead Vlei

Dead Vlei

I made a trip to Namibia in 2005, this painting is derived from a number of different photos that I firstly transcribed into a layout sketch. It seeks to depict the stark beauty of the dead acacia trees, some still standing and some now fallen in the Dead Vlei salt pan near Sossulvlei. The view is enhanced by the perfect curves of the salmon coloured dunes in the background. Pastel and acrylic original.

Pastel on Paper
56cm x 76cm


John Rowland is a former chartered land surveyor and keen photographer who developed a passion for art after moving to Glasgow in the late 1990s.  After pursuing a number of evening class programmes, initially at Strathclyde University then Glasgow School of Art, he developed a keen interest in working with pastel under the tutorship of Glasgow Art Club member Margaret Evans.

Much of his work draws from past travel experiences and the portrayal of 'sense of place'.  His early career as a land surveyor took him to parts of the world that at that time were largely off the beaten tourist track.  During the 1970s and 80s he lived and worked in the Middle East, Pakistan and Northern Australia.  Since returning to the UK at the end of the 1980s he has continued to travel recreationally.  

He became an elected artist member of the Glasgow Art Club in June 2018 and his work now features regularly in their exhibitions (see