Aileen draws, paints and makes prints - etchings, aquatints, photopolymer gravures, linocuts and monotypes. Her work is inspired by the sea and hills of Wester Ross. She works in her studio at the back of her house in Lochcarron, where she has a printing press. Aileen's studio is open to visitors now and again – look out for the sign near Slumbay, on the road to Strome Castle - or check Aileen's Facebook page. You can also phone ahead to check or make an appointment.
Aileen spent her early years in Fife, then lived in Edinburgh before moving to Lochcarron. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and worked for a number of years as a town planner. She completed the course in Advanced Drawing and Painting at Leith School of Art. She helped to set up and run Lochcarron Gallery 2016-18.
“As well as wild landscapes, I like trees and old structures that speak of the past. I think about the relationship between buildings and nature, and sometimes I re-imagine landscapes from various sketches I've made. I also like to give myself challenges, and explore new ideas.”
Aileen's work has been shown in open exhibitions of the RSA, RSW, and VAS and she has exhibited in several group shows in Edinburgh and in the local area. She was awarded the President's Prize by the Arts Society Inverness at the members' exhibition in 2018. She is a member of Edinburgh Printmakers, Highland Print Studios, Visual Arts Scotland, the Arts Society Inverness and the Scottish Society of Artists.
Date: August 2019