Abernethy Art, Nethybridge, painters

Abernethy Art

Derek draws inspiration for his oil paintings from his long acquaintance with the mountains and coastal scenery of the north of Scotland. Although the paintings are representational, his individual style has a distinctive leaning towards abstraction which contributes to a feeling of place that the viewer can identify with, possibly through personal experience.

Texture is emphasised and the muted colours used contribute towards a very distinctive and personal interpretation of the essential nature of the Highland environment. Favourite subjects may be interpreted many times but the manner in which he prepares and applies paint ensures that no two paintings can ever be identical.

Derek wishes to acknowledge that his style is influenced by a technique developed by his friend and fellow artist the late Peter Barton.

Examples of Derek's work can currently be seen at Dandelion Designs, Stein, Isle of Skye, Riverside Gallery, Inverness and Tore Art Gallery, Tore, Muir of Ord.

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Derek Young
PH25 3ED

Phone : 01479 821318

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Julie Green, , painters

Julie Green

Working from drawings and sketches in paint, ink or pencil in  sketchbooks, I like to create imagery, manipulate it in PhotoShop, then  transfer it on to a selection of surfaces, some of which have been raw materials, felt, old scraps of material, wood and often bird feathers, bones or stone.

Three dimensional pieces have been produced by casting from animal skulls in plaster or gum tape and then embellished with paint or found objects. Studies of the equine have been a strong element in my work for many years and I am often commissioned by horse owners to produce paintings or drawings.

Etching is a strong favourite of mine, having studied printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art for four years as well as painting and constructed textiles. I use these methods frequently and the Inverness Printmakers Workshop is a great facility for me.

Studio work is run alongside my career as an art teacher and I often use exemplars to inspire pupils of all ages. Equine imagery is produced in smaller formats for prints and greetings cards.

I have worked as a classroom teacher of art and design and used my skills every day to inspire pupils. Presently I am teaching at several secondary schools and complete my MFA in Contextualised Fine Art Practice in August 2017.

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Miriam Smith, Culloden Moor, painters

Miriam Smith

I was born in the Highlands of Scotland. Being brought up with the sea close on one hand and heather clad hills on the other, instilled me with a fascination of the natural world.

From as far back as I can remember this interest came hand in hand with a compulsion to translate my experience of the environment into paint. Despite this, I spent most of my adult life working in office administration, with drawing and painting continuing as ‘just a hobby’. It was not until I reached 40 that I decided to pursue a career in art. I currently exhibit in galleries such as, Macgregor Fine Art, Glasgow, The Castle Gallery, Inverness, The 1896 Gallery, Boat of Garten and Loch Eilein Gallery, Rothiemurchus to name a few.

I work in a variety of media but predominately watercolour, which I love for its fluidity, freshness and unpredictability, properties which I feel are echoic of Scotland itself. Many of my paintings feature the ever-changing sea, mysterious woods or the tiny, yet bold, wildflowers that carpet the countryside. I paint spontaneously, preferring not to over plan so that I can work with the medium rather than try to restrain it.

This allows the painting to change and progress with each piece of work becoming an exploration, not just of my subject but also of the paint and it’s interaction with water and paper. I maintain an element of experimentation within my work so that painting continues to be an adventure and quite simply, a joy.

Further examples of my work can be seen on my web site and I am happy to accept commissions so please feel free to enquire, on a no obligation basis.

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Miriam Smith
Clava Lodge
Culloden Moor

Phone : 01463 798190

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Marielle Barclay, Newtonmore, painters

Marielle Barclay

Marielle uses various media for her work, which often has a floral theme, and is also influenced by the character of Badenoch where she lives.
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Marielle Barclay
PH20 1BD

Phone : 01540 673311

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Marie-Louise Napier, Grantown on Spey, painters

Marie-Louise Napier

Having been forced at the age of 14 to choose between art and music, I chose the latter and spent the rest of my life as a professional musician. I always had a yearning to get back to Art and in my late fifties time permitted me to do so.

As I approach my seventieth year I am gleefully immersed in colour and paint.

I began by attending week-long art courses and then, four years ago, took a leap into an inspiring 4-month Folio course in Ullapool. I am only slightly hampered by losing the sight in one eye and gaining DMD in the other! It has spurred me onwards, and hopefully upwards.

Recently I have so enjoyed the challenge of combining my musical and my artistic skills by composing lullabies for new grandchildren and other new arrivals. I then incorporate the music into a painting, involving many happy hours of research and planning.

I live between the river Spey and the pine woods, and trees have always fascinated me, as has all the wonderful scenery on my doorstep.

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Marie-Louise Napier
2 Cherrygrove
Grantown on Spey
PH26 3NQ

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Ann Evans, Newtonmoe, painters

Ann Evans

I was fascinated by art as a child and spent my early creative years gaining good practical experience in the decorative art of porcelain painting.

My married life has been in Scotland where I studied for a degree in Art History. I was also able to study art and design and attend night classes
at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen.

My degree ultimately led to a teaching job at the university in Naples, Italy where the ceramic and textile painting is so bold and colourful.
My personal project, while there, was to find some of the 500 species of wild flowers and to paint them.

On returning to the Highlands I began to appreciate more the delicate and strong but beautiful subtle earthy colours of the landscape where
many wild flowers are found.

I frequently use watercolour for my flower paintings as it is a medium I find most suited to achieve this juxtaposition of delicate and bold.

I have sold work in galleries and exhibitions in the Grampian area of the National Park where I used to live.

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Ann Evans
An Nead
Laggan Road
PH20 1BP

Phone : 01540 670055
Mobile : 07495 423604

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Douglas Spalding, Newtonmore, painters

Douglas Spalding

Love colour, love texture, love fluidity? I use brush and palette knife to paint vibrant vistas, intriguing people and dramatic animals to excite the eye and engage the mind.

When I started drawing and painting as a child I wanted to make art the way I saw the world. Since discovering acrylics I realised that I could explore new colours that brought scenes to life. Building the confidence to paint big and bold and learn through trial and error I created a style with happy bright colours. From magentas and yellows to turquoises, blues and violets my style is all about loving paint and especially my most favourite of all, my love of orange paint.

Whether in the mountains or by the sea, my passion is to draw you something you know and love but to see it in a different light. I also enjoy the challenge of a commission that can touch the heart, be it a painting of a special place or a beloved face.

Come to the Cairngorms and see my paintings at Chapel House Arts, The Wild Flour café, the Letterbox Restaurant and Loch Insh Boathouse Restaurant. View my website and FaceBook page, Orange Paint Pot for work in progress and examples of commissions new and old. Get in touch and tell me what inspires you!

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Douglas Spalding
5 Balvatin Cottages
Perth Road
PH20 1BB

Mobile : 07767 290015

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John Walters, Kingussie, painters

John Walters



Phone : 01540 662209

Sandra Barras, Grantown on Spey, painters

Sandra Barras

I hold a BA in Fine Art and taught to secondary level in England. Having spent many walking holidays in the Highlands I moved with my family to Grantown on Spey in July 2016 following retirement.

The main thread of my work is traditional watercolour but I also work in pastels, acrylics and oils. It is the natural world that excites me and I strive to capture a sense of place, mood and atmosphere whilst remaining reasonably accurate to typography, working from life or my own photographs.

Now established in my highland home I have the chance to connect more intimately with an environment that hitherto I have only experienced as a tourist.

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Sandra Barras
112B High Street
Grantown on Spey
PH26 3EL

Phone : 01479 873279
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David Fallows - Spirit of Cairngorms, , painters

David Fallows - Spirit of Cairngorms

David was originally trained in oils, but over time moved toward watercolour painting. Today, he uses a wide range of media - oils, watercolour, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. Most of his work is in landscape, but he also paints pure abstract work and is increasingly experimenting with pouring acrylic, sea glass embodied into artwork, portraiture and high gloss resin coating.

David lives and works from a studio in his home in Newtonmore. His work can be viewed there, by appointment and there are always examples on show at Chapel House Arts, Kingussie. He also exhibits with Creative Cairngorms, at Loch an Eilein Gallery, Society of Badenoch & Strathspey Artists’ exhibitions at the Iona Gallery and other locations from time to time.

David also has a wide range of limited ad open edition prints together with cards, fridge magnets and keyrings from his work. David welcomes enquiries from potential trade outlets and is also always happy to discuss commissioned work with new clients.

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Spirit of Cairngorms
Main Street
PH20 1DA

Mobile : 07543 643413

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Carrbridge Artists' Studio & Gallery, Carrbridge, painters

Carrbridge Artists' Studio & Gallery

On the Main Street in Carrbridge, you will find the Carrbridge Artists Studio & Gallery, a family business, displaying artworks produced by Artist Jeff Buttress and Ceramic Artists and Sculptresses Alice & Amy Buttress. The wide selection of works they produce includes original paintings, prints and cards, Studio Pottery, Ceramic Sculptures, Porcelain & Dichroic Glass Jewellery and Chainsaw Carvings.

Jeff specialises in depicting the mountains, lochs, countryside and wildlife of the Scottish Highlands in Watercolour, Oils and Pastels and wonderful framed ceramics landscapes.

Alice's work, encompassing functional and decorative pieces, is handthrown, handbuilt or sculpted in stoneware and porcelain. She has also made a name for herself as a Chainsaw Carver, competing in the annual Carve Carrbridge Chainsaw Sculpting Competition - there is usually a selection of carvings for sale at the Gallery.

Amy, having worked with clay from an early age, has continued to produce unique and unusual works of art. Her 'Raku' ceramics explore the unique effects of smoke, fire and water on the clay body and glaze, to produce exciting texture and colour combinations. She also makes a very popular range of Dichroic Glass Jewellery.

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Jeff and Alice Buttress
Carrbridge Studio
PH23 3AN

Phone : 01479 841328

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Paul Phillips, Aviemore, painters

Paul Phillips

Paul was an art student during the 1960’s, graduating with BA Hons (equiv) and an enduring love of wild places. He abandoned a teaching career-path in favour of the open road north and the Highlands and Islands. When not climbing Munros, he spent half of the year making pictures for private collections, the other, in a small boat in search of lobsters.

After retraining and working as staff-nurse in a small Highland hospital, retirement was celebrated by cycling the length of Europe alone. A self-published account lead to further writing.

“My pictures are recreations; graphic portrayals born of a desire to re-live – and hopefully share – a special moment, one of those of which you can say afterwards I knew I was truly alive. Wandering our mountains, and working on the sea, I have been granted many such moments, real visions of vivid colour, or intense pencilled detail.”

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Paul Phillips
5 Craig A’Ghreusaiche
PH22 1LD

Phone : 01479811350
Mobile : 07715152043

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Susanna McLean Artist, Kingussie, painters

Susanna McLean Artist

I live in the Cairngorms national park, and take inspiration from the beauty around me.
I attended Canterbury college of art in the 1980’s. After my foundation year, I studied Fashion, clothing and textile design.
On leaving college I was approached by Jane Asher to illustrate one of her books as well as taking on local illustration commissions.
I was also a member of SIAD (Society of industrial artists and designers).
After a spell with Liberty of London, I embarked on a career in Interior design, setting up my own Interior design company.
In total I have been in the design industry for over 36 years, and worked with some wonderful clients on amazing projects.
Moving to Scotland has allowed the time to explore my love of painting and sketching.
I paint with watercolours and more recently have found a passion for pastels.
I have sold work locally and nationally.

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Susanna McLean
The Studio
West Terrace
PH21 1HA

Phone : 01540 662175
Mobile : 07535 004647

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Sue Arber, , painters

Sue Arber

I am a self-taught artist and photographer living near Inverness and before moving to Scotland in 1982, I worked as a freelance photographer in the music business, but now I enjoy painting and photographing the seashore, wildlife and landscapes of Northern Scotland, taking a closer look at the textures and form occurring in the landscape and attempting to capture the essence of the ever changing seasons and weather conditions. I like to experiment with a wide range of materials including pastels, collage, watercolours and acrylic ink.
In 2019 I completed an NC in Art and Design at UHI Inverness.

I sell a range of my vintage rock-band photographs online with Fine Art America
https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sue-arber and have exhibited my paintings in galleries and exhibitions throughout the North East of Scotland.

I currently volunteer at Aigas Field Centre, assisting with the general husbandry of the Scottish wildcats currently being held there as part of the ‘Saving Wildcats’ captive breeding programme. This gives me lots of opportunities to observe and photograph these beautiful animals, aiming to capture the spirit and personality of the individual animal in my paintings and drawings.

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