Up in the marine operations tower, five levels high, the vista is breath-taking, a 180 degree visual panorama: Royal Deeside’s distant hills, the city and most of its harbour quays and out to the North Sea. I drew there on many occasions building up a visual knowledge in my sketch books for working further on a large work back in my studio: I watched in the quiet company of the vessel traffic services officers, the ebb and flow of the harbour’s maritime traffic activities.
- Sue Jane Taylor

View from Market Street, Aberdeen Harbour, 2015, mixed media on paper, 1000mm x 700mm © Sue Jane Taylor. Photographer: Ewen Weatherspoon

This harbour has always fascinated me, my main focus being its two distinctive iconic panoramas: Upper Dock, located in the heart of the city and the view from Marine Operations Centre tower at North Pier, the gateway to the open sea.

Market Street, Aberdeen, 2014 sketch, mixed media on paper, 570mm x 500mm © Sue Jane Taylor. Photographer: Ewen Weatherspoon

Coastguards’ roof, Victoria Dock, Aberdeen Harbour, 2014 sketch, mixed media on paper,  600mm x 500mm © Sue Jane Taylor. Photographer: Ewen Weatherspoon

Header image: View from Control Tower, North Pier Aberdeen Harbour, 2016, mixed media on paper, 2290mm x 1000mm © Sue Jane Taylor. Photographer: Ewen Weatherspoon

All words within these pages are from the artist © Sue Jane Taylor. 

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