The Lochcarron Gallery is run by three local artists: Aileen Grant, Cindie Reiter and Mairi Young (details below). Other featured artists include:
Jonathan Shearer Jonathan studied painting and drawing at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and Cyprus College of Art. He has exhibited throughout the UK for over 20 years, including solo shows in London, Edinburgh and Inverness, and his work is in private collections all over the world, including the Royal Scottish Academy and Highland Council.
Helena Emmans Helena grew up in Edinburgh and graduated from Glasgow School of Art, where she studied Embroidered and Woven Textiles. She moved to Skye 16 years ago and her work is inspired by its land and its seascapes: “My silver work is influenced by sun-bleached pebbles by the shoreline, gentle swaying grasses, simple buds, dandelion spores and stone erosion.”
Michael Stuart Green A graduate of Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts and Leicester College of Art, Michael was a lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and head of his own department at Edinburgh College of Art. He moved to Lochcarron in 1999 and focuses on painting and printmaking. His work is in collections worldwide, including the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.
Cat Outram Born in Kenya, Cat and her family emigrated to the UK in 1966 and settled in Edinburgh. She later went to Edinburgh College of Art, studying drawing and painting from 1977 to 1981. After working for a few years, including a stint in the Fruitmarket Gallery, Cat became a professional printmaker in 1990. She exhibits in galleries in and around Edinburgh, including members shows at Edinburgh Printmakers, where she makes her etchings.
Hilke MacIntyre Born in Germany, Hilke studied at the College for Art & Architecture in Kiel and worked for various architects before moving to Scotland in 1995 to focus on art. Now based near St Andrews, her paintings, linocuts and ceramic reliefs are exhibited in galleries throughout the UK, and her work has been selected many times for the annual show at the Royal Scottish Academy. “I work in a simplified figurative style and enjoy using bold shapes, strong colours and patterns. Nature, animals and people give me plenty of ideas. Particular influences are primitive art, artists of the early 20th century and contemporary design.”
Elaine Allison Based in Edinburgh, Elaine has exhibited her work all over the world, from Pittenweem and Plockton to New York and Norway. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, specialising in sculpture, and has won numerous awards – most recently the 2015 Visual Artists Award from Edinburgh City Council and the Southfield Prize at the Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition in 2014.
Carol Cocks Carol takes her inspiration from The Boatshed on the shores of Loch Kishorn, where she paints in her studio overlooking Skye. She explains: “The views of the sea and ever-changing Cullin hills on Skye are a continual inspiration for any artist or lover of the Highlands.” Carol paints with watercolour, oils and acrylics as well as mixed media.
Steven Proudfoot Steven recently moved to Lochcarron where he lives with his wife, Pippa, and their dogs, on a croft overlooking the sea. He says the beauty of the Highlands inspires his painting while the croft keeps him fit. Well known for his watercolours, Steven has been featured at numerous exhibitions including the annual Art Fair at the Pavilion in Strathpeffer, and is a keen supporter of the South West Ross Arts and Eats Trail.
Gillian Pattinson Gillian attended the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting in London and moved to Wester Ross in 1986. “I found this stunning scenery was overwhelmingly compelling, and in order to learn to paint ‘my scenery,’ I started the North West Highlands Art courses, at our home in Kishorn. I work in a variety of media and techniques including watercolour, acrylic, collage and mixed media.”
Rona MacLean Rona grew up on Loch Lomondside where her love of the natural world was fostered, surrounded by glorious views of the Loch and the hills. Since taking early retirement from teaching, she has been able to devote more time to painting and printmaking – working in her studio and Edinburgh Printmakers. Her inspiration often comes from the landscape of the Spey Valley, as well as harbours, seascapes, allotments and travel. Her recent screen prints and mezzotints have focused on her love of trees.
Jenny Hepburn Jenny has a background in geography and geology so her inspiration comes mainly from the fabulous skies, seas and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. She works in a variety of media, sometimes including assorted found “bits,” text, sand, nets and rust, etc. Texture, pattern and colour are important in her paintings. Jenny lives in Inverness and exhibits mostly locally.
Jackie Parsons’ Marigold is a small handmade clothing label specialising in daywear for women. The clothing is designed and made locally using natural linens, wools, silk and cotton combined with light tailoring to produce comfortable and flattering silhouettes. As well as a ready-to-wear collection, Marigold also does made-to-measure and bespoke items.
Aileen Grant Aileen’s work focuses on the landscape and natural forms. She likes to explore the relationship between the built and the natural environment, drawing inspiration particularly from the sea and the hills. She works mostly in charcoal, ink, acrylic and graphite. She is also a printmaker producing linocuts, etchings, aquatints and monoprints. Favourite artists include Cezanne, Matisse and Schiele, the Scottish Colourists and the Canadian Group of Seven. She also loves Japanese art. She has exhibited in the open exhibitions of the RSA, RSW and VAS.
Cindie Reiter Cindie’s Little Fish Studio, like Lochcarron Gallery, is on Main Street, and this is where she paints in acrylic and watercolour, and also makes work using mixed media, textiles, paper and paint. Cindie says: “I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and I am constantly inspired by the beauty all around me. Living as I do, right beside the sea, I am captivated by the constant changes of light and colour and I try to capture that in my work. I am also inspired by minutiae, the unexpected little things that might otherwise be unnoticed because of the splendour of the landscape.”
Mairi Young Mairi is influenced by the changing light, the changing moods & the changing colours of the landscape. She makes various media-glass mosaics, silk paintings, watercolours, acrylic paintings and lino prints. She also uses Harris Tweed selvedges to make 100% wool hand-knitted rugs