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.
Rachel was brought
up in Moray and began her career as a self taught artist
in 1996. She now
lives near Huntly. Between 2002 and 2007 she founded and
ran Northern Eye Studio & Gallery in Ceres, in Fife. Rachel
works predominantly in oil and acrylic but also with experimental
hand made paint and printing techniques.
Her landscapes are bright and contemporary and she has
already enjoyed considerable success nationally.
Born in 1962 and brought
up in Lockerbie in Dumfriesshire, she obtained a BSc
in Nursing from Edinburgh
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!
Before taking up painting
in 2010 Bruce had a busy career running Design Studio, which
was for many years at the cutting edge of design and interior
finishes in the Aberdeen area. Over the years Bruce developed
a keen eye for trends and a deep understanding of what customers
and clients were looking for.
Working mostly in oils, Bruce finds much of his inspiration
from the coastline seascapes in the North East of Scotland,
with the cliffs and rock formations lending themselves to
the use of palette knives to create layers of texture. The
special quality of light of the northern skies, and the endless
variety of cloud formations are also reflected in many of
his works. Bruce is always keen to experiment with colours
and textures, and his style is constantly evolving.
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
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
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.
a self taught artist living in Aberdeen and has exhibited
throughout Scotland for now more than 30
years. At first a hobby, her painting has become her main
professional pursuit and she exhibits in several venues
across Aberdeenshire. Whilst the content of her art embraces
various themes, her most popular paintings comprise seascapes
scenes. She works in most paint mediums; oil however, remains
her preference with its versatility lending itself to her
style of shading and colour usage, and her ability to capture
natural light and its reflections. Sandie paints principally
from her studio at home but will also use her international
travel as sources of inspiration
for additions to style and content – the skylines
and backstreets of Manhattan, the shorelines of the Antipodes
as well as the landscapes of North East and North West
Scotland being evident in her themes and content.
'I studied Ceramics and Design at Eastbourne College of Arts
and for many years I was a ceramic artist making my figurative
work. (I set up my first workshop in 1992 on a goat farm
in East Sussex where I made and taught ceramics) I often
made hybrid pieces, the combination of human and animal
attributes, creating a metaphor for our need to belong
to the natural world. I now live and work in Scotland and
I draw and paint.
As a child I grew up in Botswana and would collect lizards,
chameleons, crickets, tortoises etc and bring them into garden.
My childhood informs my work as well as my love for the natural
world that surrounds me in my Scottish home.'
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 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.
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.
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
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
well as other printmaking techniques are current priorities
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
is a self-taught
artist with a PhD in animal behaviour. He is an elected
member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and
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
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
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 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'."
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
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
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)
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Deborah Phillips was born in Dundee, the
daughter of well known Scottish artist, Douglas Phillips.
She first exhibited work at the Royal Scottish Academy and
the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art at the age of 14.
She attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
and graduated with BA (honours) in 1987. Following graduation
she took up the post of Merchandise Designer with the National
Trust for Scotland and a similar post with Historic Scotland
followed. Deborah now concentrates on painting in acrylics
in her Dundee studio overlooking the Firth of Tay.