Introducing – Artists New to the Gallery

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 ranks Catriona Millar in the top five most collectable Scottish artists and her work is admired and collected throughout Europe, the Far East, Australia and America. Catriona Millar’s paintings speak a universal language to all ages and many schools and colleges around the world have studied her work. 

Born in Glasgow, Catriona Millar studied at Harrogate School of Art and Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. Since the success of her sell-out 2005 degree show she has exhibited across the UK including the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. In October 2006 she came to the attention of Charles Saatchi with her first solo exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh . Catriona Millar now lives and paints in the south east of England.

Catriona Millar’s work takes its inspiration from the stories that lie at the heart of the human condition, and the sparkle of a narrative behind the eyes of her subjects hints at everything from longing to melancholy. Her work often juxtaposes human characters with a variety of animal confidants, with some seeming physically present in the composition while others take on a talismanic quality.

Working with a palette knife, Catriona Millar applies thick layers of paint to the canvas creating a surface that draws viewers further into the piece, imbuing her subjects with a tactile quality that seems to further humanise these stylised individuals. Colourful and beguiling, her work is about the connective tissue that defines us, from the stories we tell to the worlds we imagine.


Minerva and Muffin by Catriona Millar

Meadowlark by Catriona Millar

Alice in the Afternoon by Catriona Millar

Jane Cruickshank

Jane Cruickshank studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, completing her Master of Arts degree in 1999.  She has won numerous awards and scholarships including the Cooper and Lybrand Competition in 1996, John Kinross Scholarship to Florence in 1997 and the James Torrance Memorial Award from the Royal Glasgow Institute in 1998.

She has exhibited her paintings widely and has shown very successfully at art fairs in London and Glasgow.  Using recognisable subject matter she employs an intense realism in her paintings, whether still life or portraits. Subjects have a luminescence and clarity that make them appear as if they could move off the canvas.  Jane says, “I started painting the figure while at art college — mainly self-portraits or members of the family, usually on large canvases with the figure placed off centre to create an image of vulnerability. Pattern and surface are tools that I use to explore how the dominance of appearance manipulates the identity.”

Thoughts by Jane Cruickshank

Stoneware and Silver by Jane Cruickshank

Silver Jug by Jane Cruickshank

Pewter and Onions by Jane Cruickshank

Coffee Pot and Cherries by Jane Cruickshank

Dot Walker

Dot Walker has travelled and painted in many beautiful parts of the world, but favours the north of Scotland with it’s unique atmosphere and breathtaking light that plays on the land and water. She paints mainly in oils, using a vibrant palette and strong textures to try to convey the emotions that the landscape evokes in her. She often paint and sketch outdoors with the help of two enthusiastic spaniels.

Dot is based at WASPS studios in Inverness and sells her work at various galleries around the country.

End of Day, Strathnairn by Dot Walker

October Beauly River by Dot Walker (Sold)

October Gold, Cairngorm Bothy by Dot Walker

Surf, Nisabost by Dot Walker

Cecilia Cardiff

After studying in London during the eighties and returning to the Glasgow art scene, Cecilia has worked as both designer and artist. Working in oils, Cecilia is inspired by urban scapes and lifestyle, observing everyday life and human nature, often injecting light hearted humour into her painting subject.
Since dedicating herself to painting full-time, Cecilia’s work has exhibited regularly, including The Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI), The Paisley Arts Institute (PAI) including pre-selection for the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London (ROI). Cecilia’s work has gained wide interest home and abroad, one such owner of several of Cecilias Glasgow lifestyle pieces is Torchwood and Desperate Housewives star, John Barrowman.

Weekend Dreamer by Cecilia Cardiff

The Super Bowl by Cecilia Cardiff

Peace Out by Cecilia Cardiff

Candy Land by Cecilia Cardiff

Madeleine Hand

Madeleine Hand was born in Motherwell in 1959. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1981, where she specialised in illustration.

She attended Glasgow School of Art 1976-81, specialised in Illustration
 Post Graduate at Glasgow School of Art 1981 
 Awarded Travelling Scholarship to Portugal 1981
 Community Artist at The Pierce Institute, Govan 1982
 One of a group of artists to set up Inks Art and Design, a gallery/ workshop in Birnam 1988-91
 Part-time Teacher of Art and Design at The New School, Butterstone from 1992 Helped establish Zigzags, an outlet for arts and crafts in Dunkeld
Madeleine Hand currently divides her time between commissions and painting. She has been commissioned to produce work for Scottish Ballet, Ivor Cutler, Dunkeld Records and Perth Festival of the Arts. Widely exhibited across Britain, she now lives and works in Perthshire.

Her work has a strong individual and recognisable style; it is defined by an immaculate sense of line and colour, coupled with an unerring eye for making the everyday moments of life beautiful. Madeleine loves the paintings of the 1940s and has been inspired by the work of Eric Ravilious and Evelyn Dunbar.

Commissions include : Promotional poster for Ivor Cutler Scottish Ballet Workshop brochure Illustration work for Dunkeld Records Illustrations for Perth Festival of the Arts Brochure 2008-2011 Illustration and promotional material for ‘The Field’ Community Growing Project Dunkeld 2014 Promotional Design ‘The Taybank’ – Dunkeld Illustrated map of Dunkeld and Birnam [The Taybank Dunkeld]

Dance Moves by Madeleine Hand

Family Gathering by Madeleine Hand

Glass in Hand by Madeleine Hand

Headband by Madeleine Hand

Tulip Basket by Madeleine Hand

Spring Through the Tulips by Madeleine Hand

Little White Flower by Madeleine Hand

Jim Wylie

Jim Wylie was born and raised in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art, where he graduated in Drawing and Painting before qualifying as a teacher, going on to serve as Principal Teacher of Art at Kilmarnock Academy and also working for SQA as Principal Assessor of Advanced Higher Art and Design.

He resigned from teaching in 2001 to concentrate on painting, and his workmanlike approach to his craft has led to an increasing demand for his superbly designed landscapes, characterised by the use of strong, clean colour and carefully organised compositions. He now lives in Ayrshire.

Wylie exhibits continually in a variety of independent galleries across Scotland. He is a member of Paisley Art Institute and contributes regularly to the annual exhibition, where he has been awarded prizes on three occasions.

Awards include: 1998 Judge’s prize, Paisley Art Institute
1999 Visitors’ prize, Eglinton Open Art Exhibition, Irvine2002 Miller’s Creativity Prize, Paisley Art Institute 2009 Willa Reivie Award, Save the Children, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr 2014 Art Forum Award, Paisley Art Institute

Jim says: “Art education changed out of all recognition during my time as a teacher, introducing a high level of understanding of the visual arts while continuing to improve and develop a wide range of skills. The Scottish art scene is vibrant as a result, and I am as surprised as I am delighted at my good fortune in being part of it.

I am drawn to farms, to water and to the sea. I love to paint shorelines, rocks, hidden cottages, distant islands, broad skies, and the untidy bits of nature. I seek to explore the colours, textures and patterns in old boats, harbours, fishing and farming industrial junk. I also find it hard to resist sunsets!

I sometimes work from pastel drawings produced on site, often backed up by photographs, and, more recently, from iPad drawings. The source medium unintentionally influences my approach and technique. This accounts for the stylistic differences from one painting to another”.

Mull Wreck Patterns by Jim Wylie

Corrie Harbour by Jim Wylie

At Maidens Harbour by Jim Wylie

Rob Shaw

Rob Shaw studied at Newcastle College and Teesside University and graduated in 1997 with a First-Class Honours Degree. He then went on to pursue a successful career in Interior Architecture both here and abroad. Rob’s parents relocated to North Yorkshire in 1994 and bought a cottage high up on Boulby Cliff, overlooking the fishing village of Staithes. Rob fell in love with this absolutely beautiful village and began to paint it. It’s Staithes which has continued to inspire Rob’s art work no matter where he has lived in the country and that’s where his successful career as a professional artist was born. Rob returned to live in Staithes in 2007 and began to paint full time. Since then Rob has also exhibited large Cityscapes in New York, London and Tokyo and exhibited and sold art work at the Royal Academy in their annual Summer Show.

Rob says: “I am an image chaser, pushing the materials and painting to breaking point before the  finished art can be realised. My work is layered, paintings taking up to 5 years of re working and people can read them in a variety of ways.   Within this site you can find examples of my style and artistic methods within my current and past collections.”

Shrimp by Rob Shaw

Octopus by Rob Shaw

Lobster on Blue by Rob Shaw

Prawn on Blue by Rob Shaw

Jennifer Guest

Jennifer Guest graduating with a BA(Hons) in Art and Design. Her passion is drawing: colour goes down first, using ink and coloured pencils, which are excellent mediums for blending. Next, the drawing goes on top, going over the line work several times, creating an image that is similar to that of a lino or wood cut. A passionate wild swimmer, Jennifer is inspired to try and capture the tranquility and sensation of serenity, as well as the exhilaration of being in the water. It is the natural landscape and wildlife which predominantly inspires Jennifer’s artwork. Previously from Yorkshire, Jennifer now lives and works in the Scottish Highlands, where she has the delights of seemingly infinite amounts of inspirational wildlife and landscapes.

Whaligoe Steps by Jennifer Guest

Stirling Old Bridge by Jennifer Guest (Sold)

Stirling Castle by Jennifer Guest (Sold)

Octagonal House, John O'Groats by Jennifer Guest

Abbey Craig by Jennifer Guest

Across the Glen by Jennifer Guest

Berridale Footbridge by Jennifer Guest

Keiss Castle by Jennifer Guest

Tony Griffin

Tony Griffin Artist

Tony Griffin was born in Glasgow in 1963.  After studying for two years at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (1994 – 1996 ), with the renowned Canadian painter Graham Coughtry, he moved back to Glasgow. Tony then studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1997 to 2001 under the tutelage of Robin Hume, Sandy Moffat and Callum Innes. He graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting.

He has exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. More recently, he has returned to a more painterly, impressionistic style, which lends itself perfectly to his chosen subject of landscape/townscape paintings.  His chosen medium is oil on canvas or board, mainly for its versitilty but also the smell.

Tony says: “I fell in love with the smell of linseed oil, paint and turps on my first visit to the Glasgow School of Art degree show. I’ve been hooked on it ever since. The versatility of oil paint is second to none, from glazes to impasto, flat blocks of colour and permanence to delicate blending. I’m inspired by everyday life in the natural and built environment.  I like to record that moment in time where the sunlight is allowed to transform the colour and shape of structure.  From diffused light to harsh shadows, I simply enjoy the age old process of bringing a blank canvas to life.”


Trees, Juan les Pins by Tony Griffin

Towards Cap Ferrat by Tony Griffin

Large Pot, Cagnes-Sur-Mer by Tony Griffin

Brasserie de L'Isle Saint-Louis by Tony Griffin

Boulevard Haussmann, Paris by Tony Griffin

Archway, St Paul de Vence by Tony Griffin

Ruth Corbett

Born in Ayrshire, Ruth Corbett studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College before moving to London where she worked in education while painting part-time. During this period she exhibited at a number of group shows with other Scottish painters.

Following her move back to Scotland she combined her interest in both painting and psychotherapy using art as part of the therapeutic process. She has continued to work in this field teaching drawing and painting skills to adults who have suffered head injuries.

Ruth paints in oils on both panel and canvas and loves to work outdoors in peaceful places where she can immerse herself in nature, but also has a strong interest in still life painting which can be done easily in her studio.

Ruth says: “I am drawn to nature and beauty in all its forms from a stormy sky to the way  light surrounds fruit which I have placed within various narratives. I am constantly looking to develop my work , put simply art and painting has been crucial to my life and being able to express myself through paint is a joy.”


Apricots and Blossom

Ginger Jar and Bees

Yellow Wild Poppies

Sunflower Passion

White Peonies

Red Vase and Pears