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Below is a list of artists currently exhibiting at Larks Gallery. Images shown are a sample of the artists work and are not necessarily the current works that are on display in the gallery.

Jennifer Reid
Born in 1962 and brought up in Lockerbie in Dumfriesshire, she obtained a BSc in Nursing from Edinburgh University in the ‘80’s. In 1996 she moved to the small rural town of Newburgh in Fife along with her family. It was here surrounded by lush Fife fields and the ever changing Tay that she was inspired to rekindle her love of art. In 2002 she and a fellow artist Neil Brooks helped raise £6000 towards a “Maggie’s Centre” with the sale of their paintings. It was this success which helped spur her on to progress with her art. Over the years her work has developed and evolved to become more impressionistic. Using brush, palette knife and fingers and a maximum of 4 colours her work is spontaneous and vibrant and often develops a direction of its own!

Francis Boag
Francis Boag was born in Dundee in 1948 and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the late sixties. His tutors included Alberto Morrocco and David McClure, whose influence can be readily seen in his love of vibrant colour and the sensuous application of paint.
Francis continued to paint throughout a successful teaching career, which saw him teach in Dundee and Perth before being appointed Head of Art at Aberdeen Grammar School in 1989. It was this move to the North East which signalled a major change of direction in his work and in 1995 his expressionist interpretations of the local landscape first began appearing in galleries in the North East. Francis now exhibits widely at home and increasingly abroad.
His original work has been shown in venues in New York, Dublin, Belfast, Paris, Cannes, Munich, Seattle, Michigan, Russia, and Australia.

Joyce Borland
A West of Scotland artist, born in Dumbarton and living in the village of Cardross, Argyll and Bute, it followed that the influence of the Colourists of the Glasgow School of art would be a major inspiration in developing her style. Tutored at this Institute by Pete Howson, Trevor Makinson and Norrie Kirkham, she has specialised in the tonality of landscapes mainly East and West Scotland. She is an elected member of Glasgow Society of Women Artists and the Paisley Art Institute. Works have been exhibited by the Royal Glasgow Institute and the Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen of Edinburgh. Enjoys working outdoors at home and abroad, and prefers to work in acrylics or water-based mediums using strong colours and bold palette knife and brush work. She successfully exhibits throughout the UK, and her prizes include the Barclay Lennie Award of Glasgow Society of Women Artists, MacRoberts Open Prize at Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow, Inverbeg Trophy at Helensburgh Art Club and the Gregor Ian Smith Prize at Bearsden Art Club and a London Finalist for a number of years in the Laing Art Competition.
Kathleen Buchan
“I have painted for many years, and was a part-time art tutor for adult education with Outreach for eight years. I have successfully completed five years study with Open College of Art (Affiliated to the Open University) where I obtained a Diploma in Fine Art.
I have taken part in numerous open exhibitions and my work is regularly exhibited in galleries. I have paintings in corporate offices and in private collections in Scotland, England, Norway, Canada and America.
I am passionate about colour and I use a variety of mixed media to capture light, texture and atmosphere. My paintings range from vibrant imaginative landscapes to cubist coastal paintings and calm reflective works.
Living in Aberdeen I am spoiled for choice of subject from coastal villages to the farm houses and rolling fields of the countryside.”

Peter Goodfellow
1967–71 Degree Course, Central School of Art, London
Peter’s professional career as a freelance illustrator was mainly in the field of book jacket, advertising and packaging design. With agents in New York, Hamburg and London he established himself as one of Europe’s leading illustrators. In 1995 Peter switched careers and established himself as one of Scotland’s foremost landscape painters. Over the last few years a new direction has emerged featuring portraits and the urban environment, and in some works a highly political content is beginning to evolve.
Catriona Millar
Ever since Catriona Millar’s 2005 Degree Show at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen sold out within hours her unique and highly distinctive figurative oil paintings have captivated and delighted art collectors.
The Sunday Herald newspaper has ranked Catriona Millar in the top five most collectable Scottish artists and her work is admired and collected throughout Europe, the Far East and America. She has won the respect and acclaim of collectors, critics and leading galleries while her stunning works continue to enjoy a special place amongst the contemporary art buying public.

Frances Crawford
Helen Bruce
John Clelland
Lindsay Stewart
Jane Birrell MacKenzie
Jane is a Scottish artist living and working in a fishing village on the N.E coast. She studied at Gray's School of Art and The Northern College, Aberdeen, before commencing a teaching career which spans 30 + years, both at home and abroad.
Jane's Highland Cow portrait paintings are now her signature pieces and she believes her classical art education in the late 70's and her training in woven textiles and jewellery, informs and underpins the expressive, layered, textural paintings she creates today.
Using a varied mix of techniques and media, her work has been described as: “Amazingly colourful semi-abstract landscapes which are evocative and quite dream-like. The 'Coo' paintings are appealing and humorous with bright, engaging colours, tactile surfaces and richly applied paints and marks”.
In her landscapes and abstract pieces, Jane often works intuitively creating complex images which are emotional responses to places she has lived in or passed through.
Ian Bashford
Ian Bashford is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, where he specialised in woven textile design and graphic design. He gained an R.S.A.D. Travel Bursary to Switzerland and Italy. After a post-graduate year at Leeds University, studying industrial textile design and manufacture, he returned to Aberdeen for teacher training at Aberdeen College of Education. Ian works predominantly in watercolour and is strongly influenced by the east coast of Scotland, especially the fishing industry.
Kathleen Bremner
Kathleen spent many years teaching at Aberdeen College and retired early to concentrate on painting. Largely self-taught in watercolour, she enjoys painting the wonderful local scenery and townscapes. She regularly exhibits at galleries in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.
Jenny Hunter
In 2002 Jenny achieved a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen. She is currently working as a professional artist and part time arts tutor.
Roy Benzies
Water has been a major influence on many of the images I have painted. Moving rivers and burns, harbours and the sea, reflections of trees, rocks and boats all interest me. I like exploring different places. The landscape around Deeside, particularly Finzean, is a constant stimulus for paintings as is the environment around my home in Insch. I try to capture light and weather effects, particularly snow, ideally by working outside and then using and refining paintings as necessary in my studio. I graduated from Grays School of Art in 1974 eventually becoming an Art teacher in Aberdeenshire schools from 1979-2011. Since 2011 I have been a full time artist and tutor. I use a variety of media to express myself and I enjoy the transparent and opaque qualities of materials. Etching as well as other printmaking techniques are current priorities for me.
Sandra Emslie
I was born, educated and went to college in the North East of Scotland and have lived here for most of my life. In 1965 I gained a Primary Teaching Diploma specialising in Art and taught for several years.
In 1990 I graduated as a mature student at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen with a B.A.( Hons.) degree in Fine Art. The following year I gained a Post Graduate Teaching Diploma and also attended King’s College University, Aberdeen for one year in the Fine Art History department.
I exhibit most of my work in the Exhibitions and Galleries of the North East.
Paul Bartlett SWLA
Paul is a self-taught artist with a PhD in animal behaviour. He is an elected member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and won “Artist of the Year” in 2006 and the Langford Press award in 2012 at their annual exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries. He has twice been a category winner and overall runner-up in the David Shepherd “Wildlife Artist of the Year” competition in 2009 and 2010 and winner of the ‘British Birds’ category for the “BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year” in 2009. His work has featured in numerous art publications and books.

Paul has held major solo exhibitions throughout the UK and regularly contributes to exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London. He has also exhibited in the US, France, and Poland.

Painting for a living allows Paul the time and opportunity to enjoy his passion for nature and the outdoors. His other pastimes include climbing mountains and kayaking. He lives in St Andrews with his partner and their three children.

David Hawson
David Hawson exhibits his work throughout the year in various British art galleries and at artistic events. These exhibitions are either “one man shows” or mixed exhibitions with other artists. The paintings cover many themes and focus mainly on landscapes and seascapes in Scotland, France, Italy and Spain.
"My paintings try to capture the evanescent changes of light and colour in the Scottish landscape. More recently I have been drawn to France and the Mediterranean where my painting has become looser and evolved to reflect the greater intensity of light and colour. I paint mostly in watercolour, not only because this allows me to paint 'on the move' but also because 'midges don't stick to the painting'."
Morag Stevenson
Aberdeen born Morag Stevenson studied Fine Art at Aberdeen College. Among her influences she lists the Scottish painter Ken Frewin, whose classes she attended as a young girl, and Joan Eardley. Her paintings explore texture, colour and observation. Working mainly in oils, she captures atmosphere and emotion with her passionate and energetic application of paint.

Frances Innes
Based in Peterhead, North East Scotland, Frances is primarily self taught having completed a part-time course at Aberdeen College. She exhibits with local galleries as well as the prestigious Society of Aberdeen Artists Annual Exhibition.

Gerry McGowan
Born Glasgow 1949
Glasgow School of Art 1966-70
Practising Artist 1970-99
Wasps Artist Representative and Gallery Co-ordinator 1986-95
SAC small assistance Grant 1994
Attended Venice Biennial representing WASPS (SAC Funded) 1994
Kenneth McLennan
Born in Ross-shire and studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1970 – 74. Recently retired from the teaching profession, Kenneth now paints full time and creates Scottish landscapes full of light, colour and energy
Fiona Mcleod
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, I am essentially a craftsperson who really enjoys the actual painting process, and I suspect a design background is evident in my approach to composition, colour and surface texture. I have always loved the 'seaside', in particular the contrast of textures found around the shore....sand, grasses, rocks, natural & man-made structures....and this is the inspiration for my current work.
Colin Robertson
Colin lives 12 miles south of Edinburgh and his landscapes reflect the varying Scottish landscapes and weather conditions with spring and autumn being particularly good for his vibrant colours.
Caroline Simmill
Having completed courses at Reigate School of Art and later, courses in Creative and Commercial Art, Caroline has developed her talent and passion to become one of North Scotlands' established and sought after artists. With an affinity for all things sea related (but not limited to) Caroline specializes in producing works of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in her primary medium of oil.
Trisha Sutherland
Trisha was born and educated Aberdeen and now lives in Perthshire.
Partly representational, her oil paintings are about colour and movement. She finds replicating a scene unsatisfying, preferring instead to convey the essence of what's seen and feelings evoked, no matter the subject be it land or seascape, figurative, still life or animals.

John Todd - medium: oil
Born in Northumberland, John spent his formative years in the fishing port of Blyth. The rich countryside and the varied coastline of Northumberland (with its mining towns and small fishing villages) were his early inspiration for capturing the natural environment in paint. John arrived in Scotland in the 1950's where he eventually married and set up home. Self taught, he became a full time painter in 1986 and has since exhibited widely across the country. His most recent group exhibition was held in 2003 at the Mall Galleries, London. One of the works he exhibited received the 'Society Award' for the best painting in the exhibition.

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